Back in action perhaps

After months of inactivity, it looks like Boeng Kak has some action. Some money at least must be flowing.

New road being constructed

New mosque in the background

Gates opened, security inside at the office

Roadwork up the middle of the project

New road with Canadia + Vatanac towers in background

Another new road

Construction vehicles massing

New wall on the left of the ring road to separate the slums

Exit (now through the wall) into Tuol Kork

North past Tuol Kork entrance walled off

Still nothing happening

Boeng Kak is still a wasteland but maybe more of a scrubland now. This is really sad. First kick everyone off the land and then abandon the project.

Scrubland with Vatanac tower seen in the background

Barren scrubland

End of the line

New mosque going up on the east side of the “lake”

Wasteland

Boeng Kak lake is completely quiet. Nothing is happening and the place is getting completely grown over.

Dredger that filled the lake in with sand is sitting idle at the tip of Chroy Chang Va peninsula

Signs taken town or damaged by weather

Plants taking over the newly filled in lake

Plants taking over the newly filled in lake

Abandoned?

Boeng Kak really looks abandoned these days. So much for evicting everyone so fast and forcefully. There is absolutely no work going on – only construction of a new mosque (in place of the old one) on the east side.

Recent aerial shot of the filled in lake

Idle cranes and grasses starting to grow

New mosque plans

New mosque progress

Sandy wasteland prime real estate

Filled in lake with Vatanak and Canadia tower in the background

A wall around… nothing!

A wall is now complete around a portion of the lake. For the most part, there is nothing inside and not a lot happening. On the northwest side of the lake there is a nice warehouse/residence facility. Trucks are starting to congregate in the middle of the lake which could be the first steps in development. According to the new project billboards, there is a long way to go.

Entrance from Tuol Kork (new wall straight ahead)

Drving north along the wall

Northern end of the wall and construction warehouse/residence area.

Makeshift volleyball court on the lake

A peek inside the warehouse/residence complex

Along the south side of the warehouse complex

Northern end of the wall

Colourful school on the west side of the lake

Wall on the south end of the lake

Most boring job ever… guarding the entrance to the middle of the lake where nothing exists

Development billboard on lake

Development billboard # 2 now displayed on lake

Trucks starting to congregate in the middle of the lake

Mosque gone, more houses demolished

The night of sept. 16 was a long one for 10 families around Boeng Kak lake (just north of the backpacker area). Excavators demolished homes well into the night with corresponding violent backlash from homeowners. This happens just after some residents were awarded 12.5 hectares of land after the World Bank froze future loans to Cambodia unless something was resolved.

Other observations include a new wall being built around the lake (maybe making it inaccessable during upcoming construction?) and the landmark Mosque on the east side of the lake (at the entrance to the backpacker area is GONE!!)

From inside the wall looking south towards the city.

Looking south down a new road towards Russian Blvd.

New wall around the lake being constructed

Out of place boat on the lake

Mosque compound with new blue warehouse recently constructed

Out of place boat on the lake with our favourite skyscrapers in the background

Final steps of demolition in the mosque compound

Residents gather around their homes after they were destroyed on the night of Sept. 16 2011

Homeless residents gather around the demolition site where their homes were standing just yesterday

Residents from the east side of Boeng Kak witness the morning after carnage that was their homes

New road plans

After the first road connects Tuol Kork to Monivong Blvd, now a complete plan of new roads crisscrossing Boeng Kak lake are released. While it will alleviate some traffic concerns, it’s safe to say that the fight to preserve the lake is pretty much history.

Likely just a dream conceptualisation of the new community

New road network across Boeng Kak

Most recent concept photo

More graffiti than guesthouses!

The lakeside backpacker alley has seen better days. Every week, another restaurant, home or guesthouse is demolished. What remains is frustration in the form of graffiti. This alley has not felt creepier and run-down in years. Better look for the next backpacker ghetto (my bet’s around Orussei)

Last remaining house on the lake (behind the mosque)

Last bit of lake (could be rainwater now) at the southeast corner

Mosque without familiar lake in the background

Demolition and graffiti

Demolition and graffiti

Demolition and graffiti

Demolition and graffiti

Demolition and graffiti

Demolition and graffiti

Views of the former lake where once guesthouses blocked

Life moving onto the lake

Boeng kak is almost completely filled in. Likely, all the lake water is gone now and it is only rainy season water from above that reminds there was any water at all. That being said, life is exploding from neighboring areas onto the lake. There are new buildings going up (development office, warehouse in the middle of the lake).

New power poles are up along the new southernmost lake road

New power poles are up along the new southernmost lake road

New power poles are up along the new southernmost lake road

Traffic now moves along the south road since the final connection on the west side.

West side road onto the lake, leading all the way to the railway station

The lake road also curves up north to a warehouse stocked with items for lake development

Inside the mentioned warehouse

Looking across the sand filled lake

Looking across the sand filled lake (OCIC tower in the background)

Looking across the sand filled lake

New path opened up across the tracks connection the south road to Russian Blvd.

Lake development HQ (don’t build your house on the sand!)

View from Canadia Tower

Find a new hangout backpackers!

For years, the backpacker hangout has been near the lakeside. Many guesthouses had views over the lake and nice lounge docks stretching out into the water. This is all changing as the area gets dismantled as part of the lake filling project. While this place had its problems and crime, it’s still sad to see it change, since it has a nostalgic feel for anyone travelling through 5 or 10 years ago.

Dismantling guesthouse and dock

Dismantling guesthouse

Hauling lumber away

Empty Lots

The start of a dirt road being built around the lake