Chúc mừng!
Vietnamese
Salutations !
French

(Greetings!)

First lady Michelle Obama made an historic trip to Cambodia last month by becoming the first sitting first lady to visit that Southeast Asian nation during a five-day trip to Asi to promote her new Let Girls Learn global education initiative, White House officials said Monday. (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Hillary Clinton both visited after their husbands were president.)

The video link directly below captures the final country in the first lady’s trip promoting educating girls around the world and a tour of one of the wonders of the world Angkor-Wat.

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First Lady Michelle Obama arrives in Siem Reap & is
 greeted by Cambodia First Lady Bun Rany Hun Sen 
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William Todd, ambassador (standing behind Bun Rany) 

Hang Chuon Naron, education minister

shakes with the first lady_March 20, 2015

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Students welcome First Lady Michelle Obama 
and First Lady Bun Rany as they arrive at 
Hun Sen Prasat Bakorng High School
Siem Reap, Cambodia_March 21, 2015
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First Lady Michelle Obama thanks students for
sharing their inspirational stories at a Let Girls Learn
event _March 21, 2015
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“When girls get educated — when they learn to read and write and think — that gives them the tools to speak up and to talk about injustice, and to demand equal treatment. It helps them participate in the political life of their country and hold their leaders accountable, call for change when their needs and aspirations aren’t being met.” 
~ First Lady Michelle Obama in Cambodia
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First Lady Michelle Obama greets Peace Corps 
volunteers_March 21, 2015

Devatas are characteristic of the 

Angkor Wat style.​

Mony Pech guides the First Lady on a tour of 

Angkor Wat in Angkor, Siem Reap Province,
Cambodia_March 21, 2015
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Flag of Cambodia 

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When people say ‘Angkor Wat’ they often are referring to a gigantic complex of many temple structures, i.e. the Temples of Angkor, with Angkor Wat being the largest and best-preserved temple of the entire site. Cambodia’s ancient Khmerempire built hundreds of temples between AD 802 and 1432, and at its peak the city is estimated to have had a population of one million people at a time when London only had about 50,000. 
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So if you think about it in a historical context, at least in its first few centuries of existence, Angkor society was thriving with growth in population and cultural sophistication at a time when Europe was experiencing the Dark Ages
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From a religious perspective, the temples of Angkor were originally Hindu. The five towers of Angkor Wat represented the five peaks of Mount Meru, the home of Vishnu, the supreme god in Hinduism. However, the greatest of Angkorian kings, Jayavarman VII, converted the state to Mahayana Buddhism after defeating the Cham invaders in 1181. 
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Because of this the Hindu temples of Angkor were altered to display images of the Buddha. There was a Hindu revival after Jayavarman’s death which saw the destruction of Buddhist images, but then in the 14th century Theravada Buddhism took over and has been the dominant religion of the region ever since.
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Angkor Wat itself is the world’s largest religious building. Within the outer wall there are more than 200 acres of land, the outside of which is surrounded by a 600+ foot wide moat in the shape of a giant rectangle that is almost a mile long on its longest sides. Hence, the modern day translation of the name Angkor Wat, “City Temple”, is certainly appropriate. 
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And as large as it is, it is just as visually stunning with its three stories or galleries, each one climbing higher towards the sky. These three tiers are then crowned by five lotus-like towers, the highest one in the middle reaching 213 feet above the ground. Quite frankly I don’t know how anyone could not be impressed with this ancient marvel.
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Michelle Obama waves goodbye boarding
Air Force Two traveling back home 
March 22, 2015
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Chia tay!
Vietnamese
Adieu !
French
(Farewell!)
Camille Mitchell
Ambassador

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