There are many countries in the world that have Guinness World Records, Cambodia’s Guinness World Records is also in the list. The most well-known Cambodia’s Guinness World Records that people know is just a few. However, the total number of Guinness World Records that Cambodia has is 8. From food to dance and to the animal, Cambodia has achieved quite interesting things to learn. Below are the 8 things that Cambodia has in Guinness World Records. The brief detail and information will be provided for you.
1. Largest Religious Structure
Angkor Wat Temple is known as one of the seven wonders in the world according to its structure and architecture. That is not enough yet. Angkor Wat Temple also won Cambodia a Guinness World Record of Largest Religious Structure in the world as well. It is covered by 162.6 hectare (401 acres), the former king from Angkor Era built this temple to dedicate to Hindu God, Vishnu.
2. Most States Roles Held by a Modern Royal
Cambodian Late King Father Norodom Sihanouk was a respected and famous King from Cambodian people. At the same time, he also brought his country a Guinness World Record as well from his state roles history. He won The Most States Roles Held by a Modern Royal record from Guinness. In 52 years, there are 10 different roles that he had.
– 1941-1955: he was Cambodia’s King
– 1955-1966: he won the election and became Cambodia’s Prime Minister
– 1960-190: he became the Head of State and Regent
– 1970: he was the Head of Government-in-Exile
– 1976: he became Cambodia’s President
– 1982-1988: he was the President-in-Exile
– 1989-1991: he was the Head of the Government-in-Exile again
– 1991: he became President of the National Council
– 1991-1993: he became the Head of State
– 1993: he became the King of Cambodia again
3. The Only Non-Professionals to Have Won Oscars
It took Leonardo DiCarprio decades to win an Oscar, but things happen differently for Dr. Haing S. Ngor. Dr. Haing S. Ngor was a Cambodian-American physician, actor, and author. He received a Best Supporting Actor Oscars for the performance in the movie titled The Killing Fields. The story and the performance were so touching that he won an Oscar along with the surprise of Guinness World Record.
4. Widest Rapids
Cambodia’s Mekong River owns the Guinness Widest Rapids as it increases its size around 20 times during a rainy season. It makes itself a small sea with the flow speed equals to Niagara Fall.
5. Laziest Freshwater Turtle
There is a giant soft-shelled turtle called Cantor (Pelochelys Cantorii) lives in Cambodia Mekong River. This turtle spends 95% of its life staying in the sand on the bottom of the river. It comes to the surface to breathe just twice a day and that makes it break the Laziest Freshwater Turtle in the world.
6. Longest Alphabet
Cambodia won the Longest Alphabet from Guinness World Record as the language of this country (Khmer) contains 74 alphabets.
7. Largest Sticky Rice Cake
During Angkor Sankranta event in April back in 2015, Cambodia breaks Guinness World Record of Largest Sticky Rice Cake. The cake weighted 4 tons (4,040kg) and announced to be the Largest Sticky Rice Cake on Cambodia’ New Year celebration.
8. Largest Madison Dance
On 15 of April 2015, Cambodia breaks another Guinness World Record of Largest Madison Dance in the world. There were 2,015 dancers participated in the event to break the record during Angkor Sankranta.
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