Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Japan-funded bridges appear on new Cambodian money



The National bank of Cambodia issued new 100 and 500 Riels banknotes on January 14, 2015.

The front of the 100 Riels note features portrait of former King Norodom Sihanouk. The back shows image of Preah Tineang, the Royal Palace Throne Room.

The front of the 500 Riels note bears portrait of Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni. The other side has images of two Japan-funded bridges, named Tsubasa and Kizuna.

Cambodia named the new bridge Tsubasa, which means a bird’s wings in Japanese, at the suggestion of the Japanese Government.

Construction on the Tsubasa began in February 2011, with Japan’s grant assistance amounting to $127 million, and it is set for official inauguration and use before the Cambodian New Year in April, 2015.

Once completed, the 2.2-kilometer-long Tsubasa will be the first suspension and the longest bridge across the Mekong River in Cambodia. The bridge is located at the Neak Loeung Ferry crossing point, which is about 60 kilometers southeast of Phnom Penh.

Tsubasa is the third large-scale bridge donated so far by Japan after the Cambodia-Japan Friendship Bridge built across the Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh and the Kizuna bridge across Mekong River in Cambodia’s eastern province of Kompong Cham.

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