The capital of Cambodia is Phnom Penh.
Cambodia has many religions which include Buddhist (96.4%), Muslim (2.1%), other (1.3%), and unspecified (0.2%). Buddhism is more of a way of life than a religion and followers do not “worship” Buddha or the statues. However, Buddhists often bow to the statue to pay respect for the teachings he taught.
- A smile doesn’t necessarily mean agreement or happiness
- Direct eye contact is generally considered disrespectful, particularly across the sexes.
- Guests are generally quiet unless spoken to, and mealtimes are not always the social event that westerners are accustomed to.
- A Cambodian meal commonly consists of three or four separate items – perhaps one sweet, one sour, one savory. Chilies are usually added by the individual.
- Rice is eaten with every meal
- Many Cambodians live with members of their extended families. Parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins may live in the same home. The extended families often work together as well.
- Cambodian parents usually give their children symbolic names that rhyme with the name of another family member.
- Most students wear uniforms to school.