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Flag of Cambodia

What is the current flag of Cambodia, what is its history, and what does it mean? The YPT team is here to answer all your Khmer Flag questions.

As our frequent flyer YPT VIPs will already know, we’ve been running a series on flags of the world, with particular highlights being our Russian Flag and of course, North Korean Flag blogs.

The flag of Cambodia is a particularly interesting one for flag lovers as it has had essentially three incarnations in the modern era.

What is the current flag of Cambodia?

The current flag of the Kingdom of Cambodia (the official name of the state) is the Royal Flag. The Royal Flag was initially adopted in 1948 and stayed in place until the coup of Lon Nol in 1970.

The current flag, with a blue border and red central (the stripes are in the ratio 1:2:1), was adopted following Cambodia’s independence in 1948. It also features a visual interpretation of Angkor Wat, something very unique!

How many flags feature a national building on them?

We are glad you asked! There are 5, Cambodia, Afghanistan, San Marino, Portugal and Spain, although Cambodia is by far the most literal.

What was the flag of Cambodia under Lon Nol?

From 1970-75 the flag of the Lon Nol government consisted of a blue field with a red rectangle in the canton. The red rectangle bears the Angkor Wat silhouette. Three large white stars are aligned horizontally on the upper corner of the blue field, and these stars were meant to symbolize the nation, state, and Buddhism. The flag was later used by rebel groups fighting the Vietnamese backed government of Cambodia.

Flag of the Khmer Rouge

The flag of the Khmer Rouge or, more specifically, Democratic Kampuchea featured a red background, ala communism, but not stars, hammers, or sickles, but instead keeping with a gold Angkor Wat. The flag of the Khmer Rouge was one of the most unique flags of the communist world.

Flag of the Peoples Republic of Kampuchea

Following the ouster of the Khmer Rouge and the fall of Democratic Kampuchea, the flag of Cambodia again changed. The new design was very similar to the flag of Democratic Kampuchea, but with a much more artistic rendition of Angkor Wat, consisting of 5 silhouettes representing the unity of soldiers, traders, workers, peasants and intellectuals of the country. The red represented the blood of the revolution.

Flag of the State of Cambodia

The flag of the state of Cambodia existed from 1989-93 when the royal design was reintroduced.

The flag of the State of Cambodia was similar to that of the People’s Republic features a more stylized Angkor Watt, as well as white and blue backgrounds at a 50-50 ratio.

There is the story of the Cambodian flag and interesting part of a fascinating and unique country.

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