Flag of Cambodia

Cambodia Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesKH, KHM, 116
Official NameKingdom of Cambodia
CapitalPhnom Penh
Government TypeConstitutional monarchy, Parliamentary representative democracy
CurrencyCambodian riel (KHR)
Calling Code+855
Member OfUnited Nations, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, World Trade Organization
PopulationApprox. 16.7 million (as of 2023)
Total Area181,035 square kilometers
Highest PointPhnom Aural (1,810 meters or 5,938 feet)
Lowest PointGulf of Thailand (0 meters or 0 feet)
GDP Per CapitaApprox. $1,600 (as of 2023)
Life ExpectancyApprox. 69 years (as of 2023)
Internet TLD.kh

Cambodian National Anthem

Nokor Reach

Heaven sends down its divine resplendence
Grandeur and beauty, grace our Kingdom
The Kingdom whose threefold straights are like lustral water
Which bestow on us purity and prosperity
May the King reign for thousands of years
And may his lofty majesty reach the heavens
Cheer to the Kingdom of Cambodia
Motherland of grandeur and of glory
Our magnificent fatherland and motherland
Forever prosperous within the five continents

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Cambodian Flag

The flag of Cambodia, reinstated in 1993, holds a distinctive place among national flags due to its depiction of a building – the Angkor Wat. The history of the Cambodian flag reflects the nation’s cultural heritage and political changes.

The flag features two horizontal blue bands at the top and bottom and a larger red band in the middle. Centered in the red band is a white silhouette of Angkor Wat, the iconic and historical temple complex that symbolizes Cambodia. The blue color represents the monarchy, the red symbolizes the nation, and the white Angkor Wat stands for religion, the defining aspect of Cambodian culture.

The current design was first used in 1948, following the independence from French colonial rule. However, the flag has undergone several changes, coinciding with Cambodia’s turbulent political history, including periods under the Khmer Rouge and the Vietnamese-backed People’s Republic of Kampuchea, each with their own flags.

In 1993, after the restoration of the monarchy, the flag with the Angkor Wat symbol was readopted, reflecting the nation’s return to its cultural roots and historical continuity. The presence of Angkor Wat on the flag emphasizes the significance of Cambodia’s ancient history and its identity as a cradle of traditional Khmer culture.

The flag of Cambodia, with its unique design, is a source of national pride and is prominently displayed across the country. It represents Cambodia’s sovereignty, rich cultural heritage, and the enduring spirit of its people. The flag symbolizes a blend of the nation’s past glories and its aspirations for a peaceful and prosperous future.