Khmer New Year

Khmer New Year or Choul Chnam Thmey, literally “Enter New Year” is a national holiday that people in Cambodia always celebrate every year. In the Khmer New Year, there are the following arrangements: The Khmer New Year festival takes place for 3 days, on the 13th, 14th, or 15th of April, because it is the season when the Cambodian people have free time from harvesting rice and other agricultural crops.

Bakong Temple

Bakong, also known Indresvara, is one of the most beautiful temples in Siem Reap and is the first temple mountain of sandstone built by rulers of the Khmer Empire at Angkor near modern Sime Reap in Cambodia. In the final decades of the 9th century AD, it served as the official state temple of King Indravarman I in the ancient city of Hariharalaya, located in an area that today is called Roluos.

Leak Kon Saeng (Scarf Hidden Game)

Leak Kon Saeng or Scarf Hidden Game is a kind of game that ancient Khmer children are often played as a recreation during the night time (under the moonlight), in Khmer New Year season, or in between their free time.

Robam Kandob Ses (Praying Mantis Dance)

This is a traditional folk dance from Svay Rieng province. The gestures of this dance generally imitate the praying mantis, and costumes are the color of the insect. Coconut shells are used during the performance, with pairs of empty shells tied to the dancers’ hands and elbows.

Koh Ker Temple

Koh Ker Temple in Preah Vihear province is constituted as “one of the marvels of Cambodian monumental heritage” by UNESCO. The temple is located in Srayong commune, Kulen district, Preah Vihear province, about 120 km from Siem Reap.

Lakhaon Khaol (Male Masked Theatre)

Many tangible and intangible heritage of Cambodia have helped the country to become well-known on the international stage and they are vital player on the world heritage stage. One of those is Lakhaon Khol.

The National Museum of Cambodia

The National Museum of Cambodian in Phnom Penh is the country’s leading historical and archeological museum and the country’s largest museum of history. It was officially inaugurated by King Sisowat in 1920.

Bakheng Temple

Phnom Bakheng is a Hindu and Buddhist temple in the form of a temple mountain at Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia. The construction of this temple mountain on Phnom Bakheng, the first major temple to be constructed in the Angkor area, marked the move of the capital of the Khmer empire from the capital Hariharalaya in the Roluos area to Angkor in late 9th century A.D.

Royal Palace (Preah Barum Reachea Veang Chaktomuk Serei Mongkol)

The Royal Palace of Cambodia is a complex of buildings although it is generally understood to be the Royal abode of the King of Cambodia. It was called in full name “Preah Barum Reachea Veang Chaktomuk Serei Mongkol”. The Royal Palace is considered as the representation of the whole nation and all temple complexes in the Royal Palace are painted in yellow, representing Buddhism and white representing Hinduism. It faced towards the East and is situated at the Western bank of the cross-division of the Tonle Sap and the Mekong Rover called Chaktomuk.

Independence Monument

Erect in 1955, the Independence Monument symbolizes Cambodian Independence gained from French colonialism in 1953. It stands on the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard in the center of the city.

Wat Phnom

The Wat Phnom Temple is the most significant of all the temples in Phnom Penh. The temple has a close-knitted relationship to the capital city. This in effect is a sanctuary founded by Daun Penh (Grandma Penh), a wealthy widow who in 1372, retrieved from a river a log with five Buddha statues in it and ordered to elevate a piece of her property on which build a temple to house the statues. The 27 meters high man-made hill became known as Wat Phnom.

Royal Turtle: The National Reptile of Cambodia

Royal Turtle is reptile that represents of Khmer culture and also known as "Arn Derk SorSai" or "Arn Derk Loung" in Khmer, as well as the English name Royal Turtle and the scientific name "Batagur baska". It has white eyes, straight up nose-shaped, 60 cm length black or grey shell, and only four toes which differ from general turtle with five toes as human. Its front legs are big and have a contiguous skin similar to duck leg. In ancient times, it had a history protected by a royal decree and considered it as the royal dynasty property in Cambodia.