Song of the Khmer Republic

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បទចំរៀងនៃសាធារណរដ្ឋខ្មែរ
English: Song of the Khmer Republic
Flag of the Khmer Republic.svg
Flag of the Khmer Republic

historical anthem of  Cambodia
Adopted 1970
Relinquished 1975

The Song of the Khmer Republic (Khmer: បទចំរៀងនៃសាធារណរដ្ឋខ្មែរ, Bâtchamrieng ney Sathéaranakrâth Khmer) was the national anthem of Khmer Republic from 1970 to 1975. The song is often attributed to groups of students, led by Hang Thun Hak, at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phenom Penh, but academic sources say it was written and composed by the Buddhist monk activist Khieu Chum, a student of Hem Chieu.[1] The song was adopted as the national anthem of the newly founded Khmer Republic on 9 October 1970 after the overthrow of the monarchy. After the end of the Republic due to the Khmer Rouge victory in 1975, the song ceased to be the national anthem and was officially replaced in 1976 by the Khmer Rouge anthem "Victorious 17th of April".

The "enemy" in the first line of the second stanza is a reference to the invasion of Cambodia by the North Vietnamese communists that began on 29 March 1970, just eighteen days after the coup, at the request of the Khmer Rouge's second in command, Nuon Chea, and had completely overrun the northeast of Cambodia by the time the Republic was declared that October.

Lyrics[edit]

Khmer IPA Transliteration English translation

ជនជាតិខ្មែរ ល្បីពូកែមួយក្នុងលោក
មានជ័យជោគ កសាងប្រាសាទសិលា
អារ្យធម៌ ខ្ពស់ប វរជាតិសាសនា
កេរ្តិ៍ដូនតាទុកលើភពផែនដី។

ខ្មែរក្រោកឡើង
ខ្មែរក្រោកឡើង
ខ្មែរក្រោកឡើង
តស៊ូដម្កើងសាធារណរដ្ឋ

ខ្មាំងរំលោភ
ខ្មែរប្រយុទ្ធ
មិនតក់ស្លុត
យកជ័យបំផុតជូនជាតិខេមរា
ឯករាជ្យភ្លឺថ្លាជាមហាប្រទេសតទៅ។

[cɔən ciət kʰmae lbəi puːkae muəj kʰnoŋ loːk
miən cɨj coːk kɑːsaːŋ braːsaːt səjlaː
ʔaːrəjeə̯ktɔə kʰpuə̯h bɑːʋɑː ciətsaːhsnaː
kei doun taː tuk ləː pʰoə̯p pʰaen dəi]

[kʰmae kraok laəŋ
kʰmae kraok laəŋ
kʰmae kraok laəŋ
tɑːsuː dɑmlaəŋ saːtʰiənɑːrɔət]

[kʰmaŋ luk coul
kʰmae brɑjut
mɨn tɑʔ slot
yɔːk cɨj bɑmpʰot cuːn ciət kʰeːmaʔraː
ʔaekaʔriəc pʰlɨː tʰlaː ciə mɔhaː prɑteːh tɑːtɨw]

Khmers are famous for its singular skill in the world
Its victories, successes and building temples of stone
Civilization and religion are most superior
The heritage of our ancestors kept away safe on the Earth.

Khmers, rise up!
Khmers, rise up!
Khmers, rise up!
Fight to build the Republic!

The enemy is invading Cambodia,
Don't be anxious
Bring the ultimate victory to the Khmer people
Independence will shine the way to a superior country from now on.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harris, Ian (2010). Buddhism as an Element in Cambodian Political Conflict: the Overthrow of Norodom Sihanouk (PDF). Religious Dimensions to Southeast Asian Conflicts Panel, EUROSEAS Conference, University of Gothenburg. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 

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