Apsara is the most important classical dance in the Kingdom of Cambodia. It originated in Cambodia and dates back centuries. Apsara is anchored in ancient Khmer culture.

Apsaras are beautiful female spirits that rule the clouds and waters. They uniquely perform the enchanting Apsara dance. Buddhist and Hindu mythology alike believe these heavenly nymph-like creatures descend from the heavens to visit the earth.  Apsaras are messengers of peace between kings and gods.

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The Cambodian Circus or Phare in Khmer is a fascinating blend of traditional and modern theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion incredibly choreographed and performed through a story focusing on Cambodian lives, culture and society. (more…)

Buddha statues sit side by side in Cambodia.

Welcome to our comprehensive portrait of Cambodia. Below you will find lots of information on Cambodia’s land, ecology, society, religion, culture and arts to prepare you for your trip to the Kingdom of Wonder. (more…)

Cambodia is increasing in tourist and visitor numbers every year. With this comes an increase in the coverage Cambodia receives globally through the various media channels. Below is a list of some of the best movies and books to be written about Cambodia in recent times. (more…)

“First They Killed My Father” was released in 2017 and tells the story of the infamous and diabolic atrocities carried out in Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge. This period of history is undoubtedly Cambodia’s darkest and the movie follows the story of a Cambodian family who, like many others, were taken out of the city and forced to work in labour camps growing rice. The story is told through the eyes of a young girl as she witnesses’ the terrible inflictions imposed on her, her family and the Cambodian people.  (more…)

Music in Cambodia comes from a variety of different cultural traditions dating back to the ancient Khmer Empire. In more recent times, Cambodian music has seen a quick westernization of the popular music scene.

Traditional Cambodian Art music has been influenced by ancient and Hindu forms. The religious dancing, many of which depict stories and ancient myths, are common in Cambodian culture. Many of the dances are accompanied by a pinpeat orchestra, which includes a ching (cymbal), roneat (bamboo xylophone), pai au (flute), sralai (oboe), chapey (bass banjo), gong (bronze gong), tro (fiddle), and different kinds of drums. Cambodia in the 1950s saw a revival in classical dance thanks in part to Queen Sisowath Kossamak Nearyrath leading the movement.

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