Stonemasons on Road 60
Watch stonemasons at work on Road 60
The Cambodians are highly skilled at a long list of crafts, carving being one of them, as the beautiful bas-reliefs and intricate decoration on the temples in Angkor Archaeological Park attest. They continue to carve to this day, in both wood and stone, with many carvers born into families who have carved for as long as they can remember. While you can watch carvers at work on a tour of the wonderful Artisans d’Angkor workshops, I love to head out to Road 60 to the stonemasonry businesses and watch them at work, often filling out extraordinary orders. Commissions come from wealthy Cambodians and other affluent Asians, although most of the orders come from luxury hotels – who else has room for a colossal pair of elephants? There are myriad stonemasons on Road 60 (look for the grey dust rising from a yard) and most don’t mind you watching them work. Some have gift shops, so do buy something, however, small, as a gesture of appreciation.
By Lara Dunston
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