Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

January 10, 2013

Lions 2013 Travelogue starts with trip to Burma and Cambodia

By Ken Steadman
Sun contributor

CROSSVILLE — The 2013 FFG Lions Travelogue Series will start Feb. 4 at the Palace Theater beginning at 7 p.m. Mr. Buddy Hatton will present his interesting and informative adventure to Burma and Cambodia.

Two of the lesser-known Asian countries, Burma and Cambodia, have two things in common: a history of political tyranny that continues to this day and astonishing remnants of historical cultures. They also have peoples of great charm and strength who are the best hopes for their futures.

Burma – The Golden Land

Mingalarbar is both a word of welcome and a wish for good fortune. This single word best indicates the inherent nature of the people, not only to offer hospitality but also to wish you well. With traditions deeply rooted in the loving kindness philosophy of Buddhism, the creed the Burmese live by is heart-felt goodwill to friends and strangers alike.

For many years, Burma disappeared behind a wall of self-isolation and only recently did they once again open her doors to the outside world, revealing the country’s culture and ecology almost untouched and unspoiled. With a diversity of terrain, Burma has something to offer at all times of the year.

To this day, Burma remains one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world; a land of breathtaking beauty and charm offering all the traditional delights of Asia in one fascinating country. This up-to-date film exposes the current cry for democracy from the people who have endured 20 years of dictator/military junta suppression, which renamed the country "Myanmar".

Cambodia – The Land of Angkor

The story of modern Cambodia is a dark one, steeped in bloodshed and tragedy. Phnom Penh is its capital – it has a French look about it, with wide boulevards and avenues, colonial-era French architecture and roundabouts, however, this era ended with The Killing Fields that brought four years of ethnic cleansing and doom for her people. Today, the people are rebuilding their lives.

In Siem Reap, it has been a thousand years since the god-kings of Angkor built their vast empire and Cambodians still strive to recapture a sliver of their ancestor’s glory. The breathtaking temples of Angkor have survived the wars and are on the UNESCO Heritage Sites and Wonders of the World lists.

This will probably be a first-time experience for most of you that have never thought to travel to Burma or Cambodia. It certainly sounds like there is much to see and enjoy in the comfort of the Palace Theater. Tickets are available at the door for $7 per person. Hope to see you on Feb. 4 starting at 7 p.m.