Sompot bot is a Cambodia’s traditional long skirt, with a length that usually ends at the ankle and are typically worn for wedding ceremonies and special traditional occasions.
At a traditional Khmer funeral, a silver or gold coin is often put into the mouth of the dead before the body is cremated. The belief is that this is the only wealth the dead can bring with them to the underworld.
Siem Reap, the land of the former Khmer Empire, has turned itself into a hub of culinary business activities with food tours.
When it comes to traditional Khmer musical instruments, many young people can probably rattle off a few names, but the truth is they actually have a wide range to choose from.
136 cyclo drivers participate in a race in Phnom Penh, aiming to promote the traditional form of transport.
In Cambodia’s traditional performing art scene, many masters are struggling to pass their skills to the next generation. No one seems to show genuine interest in the performance art.
Anith Adilah Othman speaks with Sokim Keat, a young Khmer who teaches Cambodian traditional instruments to the youths, out of fear that someday his beloved culture will be forgotten.
Last Sunday, Musica Felice once again showcased their beautiful sound. The multi-national choir collaborated with traditional Khmer musicians and sensory-impaired children to create a performance that promotes unity and harmony.
Thailand’s Muslim silk weavers fear they are a dying breed because the younger generation is not willing to learn or carry out the traditional craft.
The Cyclo Conservation Association to hold a cyclo race in Phnom Penh next month to promote the traditional transport.
Cambodia’s unique architecture has always been a great crowd-puller. In fact, people from all over the world come to the Kingdom’s famous Angkor Wat, Royal Palace and other sites that depict the country’s rich traditional designs.
It’s the time of the year in Cambodia when everyone’s having epic reunions with their families and creating beautiful memories together.
National heritage is an instrumental aspect of a country. It speaks volume of the national identity and the rich history of a nation.
For something quite different, and a bit out of town, at Wat Preah Theat in Takeo, the sixth annual Bonn Phum (literally ‘village festival’) is an on-going attempt to reinvigorate the traditional pre-New Year village festivals.
National dress code is not only representing the country but also an identity of the nation. Last Friday, about six representatives from different countries came together to display their traditional dresses at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC).
Performers yesterday left for Singapore to take part in the Chingay Parade to be held over the weekend.
They have no high poles for them to dance on. There is not a large space for them to roll around. None of them speak even one Chinese word.
When we see red, we think of China because no country is as deeply associated with one colour as China is with red. Red is found everywhere during Chinese New Year, holiday celebrations and family gatherings and in many more occasions among Chinese families.
IT wasn’t a typical weekend in Phnom Penh last Saturday. Hundreds of people – all thrilled and excited – gathered at the Chaktomuk Theater to witness for the first time the beautiful and mesmerising royal ballet performance “Neang Watthana Devi”.
To feed growing demand for Cambodian traditional works, Artisans Angkor, the biggest employer in Siem Reap province, is planning an increase in production in the near future.
King Norodom Sihamoni, Prime Minister Hun Sen and senior officials attended the last day of the water festival (Nov.23) and the King presented awards to the winners of the boat race.
Phnom Penh’s traditional Water Festival (Nov.21 to 23) was officially opened by King Nordom Sihamoni, and Prime Minister Hun Sen. Neigh on 300 boats, propelled by 19,000 oarsmen, are expected to race on the Tonlé Sap River in front of the Royal Palace.
Prach Chhuon, 82 year-old grand master of the chapey, has passed away.
Sleep, sex and stress coexist like three personalities in a love triangle. As important as it is, sex is still in many ways a ‘shy’ topic to discuss in the open, more so in a traditional Eastern society.
Princess Ayako marries commoner Kei Moriya at a traditional ceremony in Tokyo.
Two Cambodian doctors are in China to study traditional remedies for snake bites.
In fact, heated debates continuously erupt among Khmers and Thais about a traditional dance that’s based on the Indian epic Ramayana and features mask-wearing characters in elaborate costumes. Khmers call it ‘Lakhaon Kaol’; Thais call it ‘Khon’.
Two talented groups showed and proved that traditional music, dance and art are not dead and will never die.
There is nothing better than starting the day with music. But, how about we go beyond merely listening and learn about music – traditional one at that – along with other music and culture enthusiasts?
Let’s talk about traditional arts, music and dances in Cambodia. Let’s talk about how these emblems of our identity have continuously maintained to be at the forefront of our lives despite modernity and social changes.