Dance of the Golden Dragon - Sensoji’s name is “Kinryu-zan” or “Golden Dragon Mountain”. Legend tells that one night, when the temple was founded, the deity ‘Kannon’ took the form of a golden dragon, swooped from the skies and in one night created a forest of one thousand pines; representing abundance, prosperity and longevity.
[#Lyon#attable ] It was not love at the first bite for this dish but after finishing it, I found it super interesting and intriguing. Loved the roasted notes of the hemp that seasoned, with dried carrots, cream and licorice of mussels, delicious scallops. A real savoury dish by Nicolai Norregaard from Kadeau in Danemark.
Day 431 - Red county
Time to go the countryside. Direction: Mondulkiri Province. Over there the soil is red & the grass is dry. The wind is strong.
Sen Monorom, the capital of the province, is a small sleepy town. The Bunong people still inhabit the jungle, or the rest of the jungle left. Surviving.
Indeed deforestation is massive & alarming in that area, and in Cambodia in general. Illegal logging, laundering timber, commercial plantations are big issues, and fighting it is a risky thing. The Cambodian government, in collusion with Cambodian tycoons and some foreign companies (Chinese or Vietnamese mainly) are - to a great extent - responsible for it.
People would tell us, “you will see the rich (responsible) in Phnom Penh, they have big cars” (we indeed saw big cars in PP). It felt like the country is really divided between the countryside and the cities. Cambodia, is indeed a very rural country, and on our way to Sen Monorom we mainly passed by agricultural lands, rice fiels and wooden stilt houses.
We were supposed to rent a scooter and discover the area on our own but very strong winds discouraged us. We wondered several times if the bungalow we stayed in would fall or not on our heads. What a shame !