Ramayana Scene

Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

The galleries surrounding Wat Preah Keo Morokat (previous page) are painted with scenes from the Ramayana. This one shows Rama and his brother Lakshmana (under royal umbrellas) crossing over to Lanka, with their monkey army, on the back of a giant (compare the Thai Version of this scene in the Royal Palace, Bangkok).

The paintings were partially restored in recent times, but that project ran out of money before all the damage, like the scratches seen here, could be repaired.