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A day in the life of a Cambodian monk
By: Nathan Paul Southern - Photography by: Sam Jam - Posted on: April 30, 2018 | Cambodia
Saffron-robed monks are a familiar sight across Cambodia, but their lives remain a mystery to most visitors. Chhurn Samrach, a young monk based in Phnom Penh’s Wat Ounalom pagoda, describes a typical day in the life of the country’s revered holy men.
Chhurn Samrach wakes up on a single bed in his humble dormitory room. The shelves are full of books and not much else. Bright orange robes hang from the washing line above his bed and a 1990s English football poster hangs on the wall. He shares this small room with a 19-year-old student, who sleeps on the floor with one pillow. The pagoda often takes in young boys from poor backgrounds, providing food and shelter while they carry out their studies to join the monkhood...
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