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Cambodia art has a long and rich tradition that stretches back to the ancient Angkor kingdom. You can see remnants of this in the temples of Angkor from the intricate carvings at Angkor Wat to the enigmatic face of Bayon and magnificent Banteay Srei.
One of the best ways to see how that rich tradition still being performed is by attending a performance of Apsara Dance especially in Siem Reap. There are also many more contemporary art performances performed by companies such as Cambodia Living Arts that have modernised traditional performances. The Institut Francais in Phnom Penh is also a good place to turn to if you are looking for performances.
Cambodia also has some wonderful museums although some of these such as the Cambodia Landmines Museum and Toul Sleng (S21) relate to the country’s war-torn past, the National Museum of Cambodia has a wonderful display of Khmer artefacts.
You might also be surprised to discover that Cambodia has a thriving contemporary art scene that fits with its young population. Both in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap there are a lot of art galleries some exhibiting work by young Cambodian artists which others have a more international portfolio.
At Cambodia Begins at 40 we will keep you informed of the major cultural events and festivals in Cambodia via our events pages. We will also have interviews with leading members of the Cambodian arts commuity, from artists to musicians, photographers and writers.
Main image courtesy of Nathan Horton Photography
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