Phnom Penh, 3 January 2019: At the end of the year 2018, the spirit of promoting Indonesia is still aflame. The Indonesian Embassy along with Dharma Wanita Persatuan and the Indonesian community took advantage of the momentum of the inauguration of the Win Win Memorial Monument in Phnom Penh to introduce authentic Indonesian culinary dishes such as rendang, friend noodles, lupis, tempeh mendoan up to fresh salak fruit. On the first day, the Embassy Booth was not completely finished, but the aroma of the special Indonesian food managed to attract the attention of the visitors who cued up in line waiting in front. Apart from Indonesia, there were 540 booths participating, including those from the international community namely from China, India, Vietnam and Myanmar.
Not only that, Indonesian tourism and culture were continuosly promoted in the three Indonesian booths. The “Mascot" of the Indonesian booth this time was Putri, an Indonesian student on internship at the Embassy in Phnow Penh, who was wearing a Pendet Dance Costume from Bali, that very much attracted the visitors' attention. To add to the Indonesia atmosphere, there also was a Gebogan Bali, namely a stacking of fruit, complete with fragrant incense and rindik music.
Apart from that, Indonesian salak was also the primadonna that never lacked interest. In addition to salak distributors, there were also distributors of Indonesia's Tropical vegetable oil and souvenirs such as bags and batik wear present at the three-day event.
“We have to take advantage of all opportunities in Cambodia to promote Indonesia. I appreciate the Phnom Penh Embassy's DWP who together with the Indonesian community coordinated Indonesia's participation in the year end activities organised by the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism", said the Indonesian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, Sudirman Hasing when attending the Opening Ceremony (29/12).
The inauguration of the 54-meter-high monument was opened by Prime Minister Hun Sen and was estimated to attract approx. 30.000 visitors.
The inauguration of the Win-Win Memorial was also to commemorate the 20th year anniversary of the “Win-Win Policy (1998-2018). The series of programs will be filled with food and drink exhibitions, cultural performances, sports events and a happy stage to welcome 2019. The lower part of the monument is in the form of a pentagon, which represent the five strategic points which Prime Minister Hun Sen called “DIFID", which is an acronym for “Divide, Isolate, Finish, Integrate and Develop".
The Upper part is a 33-meter high triangular monolyth. Prime Minister Hun Sen said that the Monument represented the national reconciliation, freedom, unity, souvereignty, development and welfare for Cambodia. The prime Minister mentioned that the said Monument is the proof that Cambodia has been united, by victory over the war, genocide, division and control, poverty and foreign interference and right now Cambodia leads its own future towards prosperity and long existing peace. (Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh)