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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Historians have put forth henr factors. Browse the web securely while travelling with TunnelBear. He took pictures of landscapes, distinguished people and places of architectural interest.

Then they carried his notes and specimens to Bangkok where they transferred the items to the French Consul who forwarded them to Mouhot’s wife and brother. Portrait of Henri Mouhot, c. Perhaps also the inhabitants of the surroundings or oarsmen on the Nam Kan had come to take away some of the bricks to make their kitchen ovens.

One year later, upon reading The Kingdom and People of Siam by Sir James Bowring inMouhot decided to travel to Indochina to undertake a series of botanical expeditions to collect new zoological specimens. A dirt road on the lefthand side goes down to the river to an spot that has been built up with bamboo sala huts that locals like to rent for a lazy afternoon with friends and family.

From Phnom Penh, he followed the river north and noted that ‘the river becomes wider and wider, until at last it is four or five miles in breadth; and then you enter the immense sheet of water called Touli-Sap [Tonle Sap], as large and full of motion as a sea. Before his departure, Siamese in Bangkok told Mouhot that they knew of only one other foreigner in the past twenty-five years, a French priest, who had penetrated the heart of Laos and returned safely.

Upon hearing of his death, the Society of Montbeliard – where Mouhot was born – wrote in a letter to his brother ‘His work was left unfinished, but it was gloriously commenced, and his name will not perish!


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The chirp of the cricket alone breaks the stillness. His birth town of Montbeliard then helped with its restoration that same year.

In his leisure, he studied and mastered a new photographic process invented by Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre. He made it kouhot Luang Prabang and wrote this in his diary about the beauty of his surroundings: Help us improve this article!

It was replaced in by a more durable crypt monument, and a maisonnette was built nearby to house and feed visitors to the white shrine. Contact our editors with your feedback. On his first expedition, he visited Ayutthayathe former capital of Siam already charted territoryand gathered an extensive collection of insects, as well as terrestrial and river shells, and sent them on to England.

After a short stay with their father in Montbeliard, Henri and his brother, Charles, travelled through Germany, Belgium and northern Italy, introducing the Daguerre photographic process through their works of art.

It is grander than anything left to us by Greece or Rome A postcard from Laos: The monument was destroyed by the overflow of the river Nam Khan. Henrl species of Asian reptiles are named in his honor: The Living Land Organic Farm. In his posthumously published “Travels in Siam, Cambodia and Laos,” Mouhot compared Angkor to the pyramids, for it was popular in the West at that time to ascribe the origin of all civilization to the Middle East.

Henri Mouhot’s Grave

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Rousseau from a photograph. Picture taken on my visit to Bayon Temple, Angkor.

The popularity of Angkor generated by Mouhot’s writings led to the popular support for a major French role in its study and preservation.

Although they welcome drop-in visits, they prefer that you book ahead for your elephant experience as the park gets very busy and there are limited hours during which the elephants are active.


Henri Mouhot

You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. He was buried near Luang Prabang, where in a tomb was erected in his honour by the French.

Mahatma Gandhi, Indian lawyer, politician, social activist, and writer who became the leader of the nationalist…. I had the soil carefully cleared from shrubs; I reassembled the bricks; then, remembering that Mouhot was a devout Catholic, I had two young trees cut to make a cross on which I engraved his name.

Were it not moihot the constant blaze of a hnri sun, or if the midday heat were tempered by a gentle breeze, the place would be a little paradise. We left our horses mmouhot and the locals cleared the path for us with sabers, cutting through lianas and rattans. In Januaryat the end of his second and longest journey, he reached Angkor already-charted territory. Or shall we, as blind instruments of boundless ambition, come hither as a scourge, to add to their present miseries?

Mouhot died of a malarial fever on his 4th expedition, in the jungles of Laos. Some have argued that Heenri may have been a tool for French expansionism and the mouot of territories which followed shortly after his death.

During its long history, France has gone through numerous types of government. From Kenne Thao to Luang Prabang. Bring some lunch and relax by the river afterwards. The French in Indo-China: In August ,1 visited the tomb of Henri Mouhot. The chirp of the cricket alone breaks the stillness. In other words, the huge Angkor Wat temple was just one of many temples in Angkor.

Henri Mouhot May 15, — November 10, was a French naturalist and explorer of the midth century. The bulk of this article was originally written and compiled by Zak Keith in Someone took the liberty hnri placing chunky excerpts from this article at Wikipedia.