‎Phnom Penh : Vann Molyvann, Cambodia’s most famous architect, dies at 91

Vann Molyvann.


Famous Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann, 91, died at about 9:45am on Thursday at his house in Siem Reap province.

Chuong Chhoeun, a driver and an assistant for Mr Molyvann for 24 years, said “he did not have any disease but he died because of old age”.

“We are very regretful and sad that we lost him because he was a very good person and someone we respected,” Mr Chhoeun said. “He always provided good ideas for me.

“He was a person the Cambodian people respected and loved so much.”

Mr Molyvann was born on November 23, 1926, in Kampot province. He was the first student to pass the Bacc II at Preah Sisowath High School in 1944 and went on to study architecture in France from 1947-1956.

He had a remarkable burst of creativity between 1957 and 1970 and Vann Molyvann’s work can still be seen around Phnom Penh. The lotus-shaped Independence Monument he designed was built in 1958 in the centre of town and the Olympic Stadium, which was built in 1964, as well as the Chaktomuk Conference Hall (1968) were all his work.

Hi other notable work included the Preah Suramarit National Theatre and the Council of Ministers, which was torn down in 2008 to make way for more urban development.

Mr Molyvann also had other many achievements and was one of Cambodia’s most famous people and was loved throughout his life. 

Courtesy: Khy Sovuthy / Khmer Times:


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