Friday 1 May 2009

PFF: UNESCO WHS week: Angkor Wat

Postmarked Phnom Penn and dated 10 January 2009, and with beautiful stamps.
Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. UNESCO has set up a wide-ranging programme to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings.

This card has featured before, on my first PFF, but I want to continue with my week of UNESCO sites, while at the same time "interviewing" another postcard collector.  In this case it is Sreisaat of Postcards Crossing who has kindly answered some questions for me in my "Getting to Know You" series..

  1. When did you first start collecting? I think I started collecting when my family moved to the province. I was in the third grade back then and my best friend from my old school and I exchanged letters and then cards and postcards for special occasions just to keep in touch.
  2. What made you start? As mentioned above, my family  moved back to the province and so what started as a way of communication with old friends eventually developed into a hobby (penpal writing, postcards and stamp collecting).
  3. Why do you continue with it? I saw a website dedicated to stamp collection and thought of continuing my hobby. Besides, I am old fashioned  - I'd still prefer snail mails. Also, I think it's a worthwhile pursuit and I feel it'll be cool to show my collection to my kids in the future with the hope that they will also share the same interest.
  4. Do you have any favourites or specialise in a country or theme? No particular preference at all. I always tell swappers to send me whatever they think best represents their country. Although I have to confess that my heart skips a beat faster when I receive map cards and cards showing traditional costumes.  :)
So now that you know her better, why not pop over for a visit?  And if you'd like to answer the same set of questions, please let me know.

A post for Postcard Friendship Friday.


  1. Great theme idea. The World Heritage Sites are awesome... I know, that's the whole point.

  2. Sheila this is definitely on my places to visit list now that I live in the region.

    I watched a really good NGC programme the other night regarding land mine clearance around other sites in the area.

  3. I am going to Angkok Wat again next month!

  4. @Sharkbytes, I've only relatively recently become properly aware of them.

    @Mike, I didn't know about the land mines, such a shame that war reaches in the most beautiful treasures.

    @BC, how lucky! I wish I could get there too.

  5. Happy May Day Sheila! Have a sun and fun filled long weekend! I really like this getting to know you series and will churn out my answers today!

  6. Imagine my surprise!
    My mouth dropped open -- *blush*
    Thanks for this and I hope you continue featuring like-minded individuals. Thanks very much for giving me the honor of being the first in your series... *happy-head now*

    Have a great weekend.

    Postcards Crossing

  7. Very nice postcard...
    I enjoyed reading the history, too...

    Happy May Day!


  8. That is a beautiful postcard of Cambodia. I love it!

    Happy collecting!

  9. How fascinating. Thank you for the history behind this lovely picture. What a beautiful postcard. Happy PFF!

  10. Thanks for both the beautiful card AND the story behind it

  11. Happy May day and PFF.
    Thank you for the delightful post today.
    I love your ideas.The information you shared was really great so much I did not know about .Thank you for sharing.
    Now I must be off to go visit some more great PFF destinations.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  12. What a great post...I love the card!

  13. A fabulous postcard.....and a wonderful post too.
    Happy May Day.....hope your day has been beautiful

  14. I love your theme of UNESCO week and interviewing other postcard collectors.
    You are really advancing the level of postcard collecting.
    Evelyn in Montreal

  15. great postcard about a place I've been wanting to know more about. I wasn't participating in PFF until the past few weeks, and I'm glad you are sharing it again. I'll check out the other UNESCO sites you are blogging too! Happy Post PFF!

  16. Thank you all for your comments, and I'm glad you enjoyed the mini-interview with Sreisaat.

  17. The Angkor Wat UNESCO postcard....SUPER!


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