Wednesday, February 22, 2017

TAKE A PEEK: ROYAL UNIVERSITY OF PHNOM PENH

Today we thought you might like to take a peek at another site around town, so we are giving you a look at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (or RUPP). Phnom Penh actually has a lot of colleges and universities, but many of them are small, private, unregulated schools. Some of the universities we have seen don't really feel like what we think of when we think "college campus" in America. We had heard a lot about RUPP, though (several of our Khmer teachers went to college there), and we learned that parts of its campus were designed by Cambodia's most famous architect, Vann Molyvann. So, we were excited to see it.

We finally got a look and really enjoyed what we got to see of the campus. Molyvann designed the buildings to be functional (with a lot of thought on how to make sure the buildings were breezy and cool) as well as beautiful. There are also several nods to architecture from Angkor Wat throughout. Finally, this part of campus was full of trees and students studying and chatting. RUPP is not particularly close to our apartment, but we can still see ourselves making a trip over to study and enjoy this part of town in the future!

The funky library for the college of foreign languages

Classrooms on stiltsa nod to traditional Khmer houses as well as a way to keep the rooms cooler


Decorative vents to let in light but keep the air flowing through the classrooms. 

Big, beautiful treesa rarity in Phnom Penh!