Koh Pich, or Diamond Island, has seen rapid development since several high-end condominiums broke ground in 2010. Since then, various forms of residential properties, office buildings and additional amenities have sprung up on the island.
Many of the buildings, however, are being built with classic French influences, an apparent homage to Cambodia being one of its colonies for close to 80 years from 1863 to 1941. French-Romanesque round arches for doorways and massive pillars similar to that of the stone vaults in French churches can been seen in many of the new developments. Even the fountain at the epicenter of a residential neighborhood is indicative of 18th century sculptures, much like the Fontaines de la Concorde at one end of Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris.
The homes on Koh Pich are also similar to that of the symmetrical French manor, with massive hip roofs and the main entry door in the center of the building. A sign of a soon-to-be-built residential project also sees those same classic French influences, complete with what appears to be a massive arch similar to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Cambodia was part of French Indochina, a collection of Southeast Asian protectorates, from 1867 when Cambodian King Leggio Norodom requested French intervention. Following requests from King Norodom Sihanouk, France announced it was granting full independence to Cambodia, along with Vietnam and Laos, on July 3, 1953, partly due to the deterioration of its military in the region. Cambodia later celebrated its independence on November 9, 1953.
Source: Khmer Times