Cambodian

Ever since Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) flapped through the temple ruins of Cambodia in “Tomb Raider”, the place has bustled with globetrotters. This famous South East Asian tourist bubble attracts hordes of urban explorers year on year, thanks to its eye candies like the temple of Angkor and beaches of Sihanoukville and all the upcountry adventures it has to offer. But if you thought that the list of attractions concluded with that, well, you could not be more wrong! Over the years, Cambodia has earned equal plaudits for its outstanding natives who have brought unparalleled glory to the land. From dictators to journalists and from religious leaders to architects, the world has witnessed a string of Cambodians enlighten and empower the world with their laudable contributions. Let us explore the lives of some such famous Cambodians in the biographies below. The timeline, trivia, and lesser known facts about their lives will surely open up a treasure-trove of exciting truths before you.

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 1 Norodom Sihanouk

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Famous As: Former Ruler of Cambodia
Birthdate: October 31, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Royal Palace, Phnom Penh
Died: October 15, 2012
Apart from taking over as the king of Cambodia at 18, Norodom Sihanouk had also been the country’s prime minister later. A multidimensional personality and a Khmer Rouge supporter, he had also composed a number of patriotic tracks and experimented with filmmaking, infusing Western elements into his work.

 2 Pol Pot

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Cambodia
Birthdate: May 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prek Sbov, Cambodia
Died: April 15, 1998

Pol Pot was a Cambodian politician who served as the prime minister of Democratic Kampuchea from 1975 and 1979. Widely considered a totalitarian dictator, Pol Pot was responsible for the Cambodian genocide, which resulted in the death of 1.5 to 2 million people. He was found guilty of crimes against humanity and placed under house arrest until his death.

 3 Hun Sen

Hun Sen
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister of Cambodia
Birthdate: August 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stueng Trang District

Hun Sen is a Cambodian politician and the current prime minister of Cambodia. Having assumed office in 1985, Hun Sen is one of the world's longest-serving leaders and the longest-serving Cambodian head of government. Over the years, he has been accused of abusing power as a number of activists, environmentalists, and politicians have been arrested and murdered under his government.

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 4 Norodom Sihamoni

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Famous As: Ruler of Cambodia
Birthdate: May 14, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

Norodom Sihamoni has had an interesting childhood, from studying in Czechoslovakia to joining a film school in North Korea, to moving to China after the fall of Pol Pot. A skilled choreographer who had his own dance troupe in Paris, he later rather reluctantly became the king of Cambodia.

 5 Suryavarman II

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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1094 AD
Birthplace: Angkor
Died: 1150 AD

 6 Lon Nol

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Cambodian Politician
Birthdate: November 13, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prey Veng Province
Died: November 17, 1985

Lon Nol was a Cambodian general and politician. He served as the prime minister of Cambodia from 1966 to 1967 and again from 1969 to 1971. A nationalist, Nol played a decisive role during the 1970 Cambodian coup d'état where he led the military coup against Prince Norodom Sihanouk. The coup led to the abolition of the monarchy of Cambodia.

 7 Jayavarman VII

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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1125 AD
Birthplace: Angkor
Died: 1218 AD
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 8 Norodom Ranariddh

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 2, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Phnom Penh

Former Cambodian prime minister Norodom Ranariddh had started his career as a researcher and lecturer of law at the University of Provence in France. Son of former king, Sihanouk, he is credited with ushering in democracy in Cambodia and now leads the royalist party FUNCINPEC, as its president.

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 9 Jayavarman II

Jayavarman II
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0770 AD
Died: 0835 AD

 10 Ken Lo

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Actor, Martial Artist
Birthdate: March 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stung Treng, Cambodia

 11 Kang Kek Iew

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Torturer
Birthdate: November 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kampong Thom Province

 12 Ros Serey Sothea

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 1948 AD
Birthplace: Battambang Province, Cambodia
Died: 1977 AD

 13 Sam Rainsy

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Phnom Penh

Sam Rainsy is a Cambodian politician, economist, and activist who served as the leader of the opposition from January 2015 to November 2015. He is credited with co-founding the Cambodia National Rescue Party, which was Cambodia's major political party from 2013 to 2017.

 14 Norodom of Cambodia

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Famous As: King of Cambodia
Birthdate: February 3, 1834
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Angkor Borei, Cambodia
Died: April 24, 1904

 15 Norodom Suramarit

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Birthdate: March 6, 1896
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Phnom Penh
Died: April 3, 1960

 16 Sisowath of Cambodia

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Famous As: King
Birthdate: September 7, 1840
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cambodia
Died: August 9, 1927

 17 Son Sen

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Cambodian politician
Birthdate: June 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tra Vinh Province
Died: June 10, 1997

 18 Vann Nath

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 7, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Battambang Province, Cambodia
Died: September 5, 2011

 19 Bun Rany

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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: December 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Krouch Chhmar, Cambodia

 20 Ang Duong

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Famous As: King
Birthdate: June 12, 1796
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oudongk, Cambodia
Died: October 19, 1860

 21 Suryavarman I

Suryavarman I
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Died: 1050 AD

 22 Kem Sokha

Kem Sokha
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Cambodian Politician
Birthdate: June 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cambodia

 23 Rern Sinat

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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: September 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kampong Cham, Cambodia

 24 Ieng Thirith

Ieng Thirith
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Government official
Birthdate: March 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Battambang, Cambodia
Died: August 22, 2015

 25 Pisith Pilika

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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Ballet dancer
Birthdate: February 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Svay Rieng province, Cambodia
Died: July 6, 1999

 26 Rithy Panh

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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: April 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 27 Nuon Chea

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Chief Ideologist of the Khmer Rouge
Birthdate: July 7, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Voat Kor

Nuon Chea was a Cambodian revolutionary and politician who served as the chief ideologist of the Khmer Rouge. From 27 September 1976 to 25 October 1976, he served as the prime minister of the Democratic Kampuchea. In 2014, he was convicted of crimes against humanity and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Nuon Chea died in 2019 while serving his sentence.

 28 Aok Sokunkanha

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Phnom Penh, People's Republic of Kampuchea

 29 Sarita Reth

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 22, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 30 Son Sann

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Phnom Penh
Died: December 19, 2000

 31 Somnang Alyna

Somnang Alyna
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: February 24, 2001
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 32 Pan Ron

Pan Ron
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 1944 AD
Birthplace: Battambang Province, Cambodia
Died: December 31, 1979

 33 Mu Sochua

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 34 Ta Mok

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Cambodian Military chief
Birthdate: 1924 AD
Birthplace: Takéo Province, Cambodia
Died: July 21, 2006

 35 Indravarman I

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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Hariharalaya, Cambodia
Died: 0889 AD

 36 Sorn Seavmey

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: September 14, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 37 Chhom Nimol

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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Krong Battambang, Cambodia

 38 Jessa Khan

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Martial artist
Birthdate: October 8, 2001
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Texas, , United States

 39 Kak Channthy

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Prey Veng Province, Cambodia
Died: March 20, 2018

 40 Norodom Rattana Devi

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aix-en-Provence, France

 41 Yun Yat

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1934 AD
Birthplace: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Died: June 15, 1997

 42 Preah Maha Ghosananda

Preah Maha Ghosananda
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Buddhist Monk
Birthdate: May 23, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Treang, Cambodia
Died: March 12, 2007

 43 Touch Sunnix

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 1, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 44 Pich Sophea

Pich Sophea
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 45 Sotheary By

Sotheary By
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: December 8, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 46 Eh Phuthong

Eh Phuthong
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: TV show host
Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Koh Kong, Cambodia

 47 Ang Chan II

Ang Chan II
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1791 AD
Birthplace: Bangkok, Thailand
Died: November 30, 1834

 48 Soma Norodom

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Famous As: Columnist
Birthdate: October 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 49 Huoy Meas

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sangkae, Cambodia
Died: 1977 AD

 50 Isanavarman I

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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 0637 AD