Alexandre Henri Mouhot was born on 15 May , in the French village of Montbeliard, near the Swiss border. His father served in the administration of Louis. However, it turned out many of the folks we approached seemed clueless when asked about Henri Mouhot’s grave. One of them, a young. Did you know that famous French natural Henri Mouhot, the first white man to map the wonders of Ankor Wat, is buried just on the outskirts of Luang Prabang?.

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It was replaced in mouhlt a more durable crypt monument, and a maisonnette was built nearby to house and feed visitors to the white shrine.

Henri Mouhot’s tomb

Around the moubot court was removed to…. Soon after arriving, Commander Doudart de Lagree asked the ruler of Laos for permission to construct a monument over Henri Mouhot’s grave. This section possibly contains original research.

June Learn how and when to remove this template message. Upon arriving in Chantaboun, a Chinese pepper planter offered food and lodging to Mouhot. He had been visiting Luang Prabangcapital of the Lan Xang kingdom, one of 3 kingdoms which eventually merged into what can be known as modern day Laosand was under the patronage of the king.

The mountains which, above and below this town, enclose the Mekong, form here a kind of circular valley or amphitheatre, nine miles in diameter, and which, there can be no doubt, was anciently a lake. A man with a burning desire to explore the unknown, Henri Mouhot was a French naturalist who was the first to document the ruins of the capital of the ancient Khmer civilization of Cambodia — Angkor — to the western world.

On his first expedition, he visited Ayutthayathe former capital of Siam already-charted territory and gathered an extensive collection of insects, terrestrial and river shells, and sent them on to England.

A historical link between Russia and Montbeliard may explain why Mouhot decided to go to Russia. A tomb was erected in and was forgotten until it was rediscovered in by French journalist Jean-Michel Stronbino and local guide Monkhol Sasorith. Kids leap off the river bank in front of the superbly carved prow of our longboat, Nagi of the Mekong, which will take two long and lazy days to travel the wate…. The site, Angkor Wat, is now one of the most famous tourist destinations in Asia. The First King of Cambodia Ang Duang, reigned was in residence and granted an audience to Mouhot, who presented the king with an English ‘walking-stick gun.


It was the capital of the Khmer Cambodian empire from the 9th to the 15th century, a period that is considered the classical era of Cambodian history.

It was the height of the Victorian Era, the golden age of the British Empire, when the prevalent opinion among Europeans was that barbaric pagans whose lives were not as meaningful should be Christianized.

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In his leisure, he studied and mastered a new photographic process invented by Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre. On his fourth expedition to the jungles of Laos, Mouhot died of a malarial fever. Two of his servants buried him near a French mission in Naphan, by the banks of the Nam Khan river. It was replaced in by a more durable crypt monument, hfnri a maisonnette was built nearby to house and feed visitors to the white shrine.

In Januaryat the end of his second and longest journey, he reached Angkor already-charted territory. Ad Book a cooking class in Luang Prabang and learn to cook your favourite dishes.

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His writings were collected and published posthumously in a book called Travels in Siam, Cambodia and Laosand began to popularize Angkor in the West. Mouhot was buried near a French mission in Naphan, by the banks of the Nam Khan river. A new plaque was fixed to one end of the crypt in to commemorate this rediscovery. The Living Land Organic Farm. Inhe began devoting himself to the study of Natural Science.

Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. When he was eighteen, he went to St. The French carried out the majority of research work on Angkor until recently. He decided to go to Mouhot’s tomb to see what had become of the monument which had been erected for our compatriot by the de Lagree Mission and to have it repaired if necessary.


He continued on in an attempt to reach China but in October, caught malaria and tried to return to Luang Prabang. Through Mouhot, Angkor became known to Western scholars as an important archaeological site.

Bring some lunch and relax by the river afterwards. The site seemed little changed from Mouhot’s descriptions in his diary, although the access has improved.

Johns Hopkins University Press. A map to illustrate the Route and Notes of M. They include the layout of Angkor Wat, architectural features of the terrace, the causeway, roofs, columns, porticos, and galleries and details of thebas-reliefs – scenes, locations, dress, jewellery, military weapons, flora and fauna.

Mouhot and the various British scientific societies were wrong on all counts.

He died near NaphanLaos. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. A low layer of mist floats above. So he returned to Bangkok for additional credentials and then continued to Laos.

We began our ascent to the monument, and as we moved closer, it came into full view. A simple plaque inscribed ‘H. Modern Bangkok, historical Hanoi and tourism-boom town Siem Reap — home to the world-famous Angkor Wat temples — are some of Southeast Asia’s best drawcards…. Thank You for Your Contribution!

There was a problem with your submission. The monument that stands today was put up by August Pavie, the first French consul at Luang Prabang, into replace the first, less durable, one. Perhaps none of the previous European visitors wrote as evocatively as Mouhot, who included interesting and detailed sketches.

Both parents made sacrifices to provide for the education of their two sons.