HISTORY OF MS. BUN ROEUNG’S ANCIENT HOUSE
Lok Pknha NOU Pinet Phoeung and his wife, Mrs. Yin, had this house built in 1920 in the reign og His Majesty Sisovath. Lok Oknha was a commander, but in his old age, he worked as a lawyer. Lok Oknha’s wife was a homemaker. They had 7 children together: one son and six daughters. After Lok Oknha passed away, the house was occupied by the 6th daughter, Ms. NOU Yieng and the 5th daughter, Ms. NOU Phun and her spouse, Mr. BUN Chuoy, who both are the parents of the present owner of the house.
Therefore, this ancient house was occupied and maintained for three generations already. This house measures 29 meters in length and 10.5 meters in width, and was constructed on a surface area of 5, 450 square meters in Pet style(a kind of house), meaning that the house has verandahs (drying place) at the front and its two sides. The house has two staircases: the front staircase was made of concrete and the rear staircase was made of wood. The house roof was tiled with antique Naga- scale-shape tiles, with no inside ceilings. The top portion of the roof was adored with splendid artistic decors. The above part of the roof was made of Phcheuk wood (a type of very hard wood). The floor-board of the verandahs were built of Beng wood (a kind of very hard wood), and the floor – board of the verandahs were made of Korkoh wood (another type of very hard wood). As for the walls, they were constructed of woven bamboo and plastered. The 36 pillars were all made of Phcheuk wood, and they are still strong up to today.
The said ancient house is divided into three parts:
1st part: this part consists of the front and side verandahs.
2st part: this part is the middle part of the house, which consists of a huge living room. At the rear left side of the living room, there is a door leading to two bedrooms.
3rd part: in front of the two bedrooms, there is another door leading to a side verandah and the wooden staircase. At the left side about 5 meters from the door, there is a kitchen.
In the Khmer Rouge regime, this house was used as a place for threshing rice, and storing heavy equipment, and as a common kitchen, which as a result damaged the back haft of the house, which is the present kitchen. Present day, there are many international tourists come to visit this house, and tourists are able to see the local plant many kinds of crops in the area. Visiting to ancient house is the historical tour reflecting about daily activities of the people in the past throughout the presence of agricultural tools used in the past and has been seen nowadays.