He was brought to Prague by chance. The current king’s father, King Sihanouk, demanded that European sons have his sons available education. Only Czechoslovakia answered. He came here when he was nine. In Prague, he attended primary school with extended language teaching in Ostrovní Street and also studied conservatory and ballet at the Academy of Performing Arts.
“Prague is the most beautiful city in the world for me, the richness of its history is dazzling for me. The years of childhood and youth I spent here are among the most beautiful years of my life,” said the moved Asian monarch as he took over the honorary citizenship of Prague. And he spoke in perfect Czech. After returning from studies, he spoke better than Khmer. People in Cambodia even nicknamed him Čeko, ie Čech.
The throne council elected Norodom Sihamoni as king of Cambodia in October 2004, although unlike his siblings, he did not engage in politics and preferred the art world. He soon became the country’s most popular politician, although he did not have much power and represented above all the unity of the country.