Cambodians upset over use of national flower in Thai movie


PHNOM PENH/BANGKOK, July 26: Cambodians are upset over a new Thai movie poster depicting Rumduol, Cambodia’s national flower, Laotian time.

The GDH movie poster features the two protagonists, Ranee “Bella” Campen and Tanawat “Pope” Wattanaputi, against a backdrop of Rumduol flowers (Melodorum fruticosum Lour), with the message “Rumduol flowers represent lasting love”, reports the Bangkok Post

The romantic comedy is based on the author’s novel of the same name, written under the pen name “Romphaeng”.

The period film follows the adventures of a young archaeologist who awakens in the body of a woman named Karakket living in Ayutthaya during the reign of King Narai the Great, who ruled from 1632 to 1688.

It aired on Channel 3 in 2018 and has since become a hugely popular Thai drama that has also aired in many Asian countries including Laos.

Following this success, the Thai production studio GDH 559 Company has produced a feature film, which will be released in Thailand on Thursday July 28.

By releasing a new poster that instead features Chongko flowers (Bauhinia purpurea), meant to symbolize “indomitable love,” GDH has attempted to end the dispute.

A similar controversy has erupted among Cambodian sports fans over the decision to combine ‘Kun Khmer’, the Cambodian national martial art, with Muay, the Thai/Lao martial art of kickboxing, at the upcoming 32nd Games. Southeast Asia (SEA Games).


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