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Cambodia shares tale of a prince and a naga princess

Lyna Mohamad

The Embassy of Cambodia in Brunei Darussalam launched Prince Thong and the Naga Princess, a Cambodian culture book yesterday at the embassy building.

Ambassador of Cambodia to Brunei Darussalam Hok Sophea officiated the event, which was organised in collaboration with the Reading and Literacy Association (ReLA).

The book is the sixth of the Cultural Stories from Around the World Volume I series.

The book is aimed at promoting closer ties between Brunei and Cambodian children through the exchange of cultural stories.

The ambassador said Cambodia is a country with abundant popular stories for children.

ABOVE & BELOW: Ambassador of Cambodia to Brunei Darussalam Hok Sophea with President of ReLA Dr Malai Zeiti binti Sheikh Abdul Hamid at the book launching event; audience listens to a presentation on the book. PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMAD

“I also express my sincere wishes that the contents of this book will strengthen and enhance sentimental friendship ties between the children of our two countries.”

President of ReLA Dr Malai Zeiti binti Sheikh Abdul Hamid said, “Our two countries have consolidated and intensified the bonds of friendship and cooperation. Cambodia and Brunei have made significant progress through the sharing of this cultural story, and has further their bilateral relationship through the exchange of stories and traditions which has been shared through generations.”

Prince Thong and the Naga Princess tells the story of a young prince, searching for his beautiful kingdom. Along the way, he meets a beautiful girl on an island and falls in love.

However before marrying her, the girl told the prince that he must ask for her father’s blessings. Will they end up together?

The story is retold in the book by its authors, which include Ambassador Hok Sophea, Dr Malai Zeiti and CEO of ReLA Haji Nasiruddin bin Dato Paduka Dr Haji Abdul Latif. The book was illustrated by Sophie Sitai Kehoe and the story was selected by the ambassador.


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