This mural, by Singaporean muralist Yip Yew Chong, is a depiction of a unique fictional commemorative note celebrating 55 years of Cambodia-Singapore diplomatic relations – the artist product of a whimsically combination of the Cambodian 50,000 Riel with the Singapore 5 Dollar note. The life-like elements of the notes – such as the baby elephant of the Koh Ker Ruins, and the Tembusu Tree of the Singapore Botanic Gardens – seem to invite the viewer to “walk” into the note. The little boy blows soap bubbles into the air and they float towards the sky, a symbolism of his many wishes and dreams. Not all will be fulfilled but with strong foundations, like the roots of the Tembusu Tree and sure-footedness of the Elephant, the best of his dreams will come true. This mural is a wish by the artist for continued prosperity for Cambodia and Singapore.

This mural was purchased by Phillip Bank Plc. and gifted to the Singapore Embassy in Phnom Penh. In turn, Governor Chea Chanto generously agreed for it to be hosted at the Preah Srey Içanavarman Museum (Sosoro Museum), Phnom Penh. The mural was installed at the Sosoro Museum in November 2020.

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Cambodia-Singapore: 55 And Beyond

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