Four great ancient cities-to-see

Angkor-Wat, Cambodia

Angkor, Cambodia Angkor is breathtaking even for the best-travelled people. When the population of London hardly reached 50,000, almost one million people lived in the capital of the Khmer Empire. The largest pre-industrial city in the world, Angkor was founded in the 9th century and abandoned in the first half of the 15th century under […]

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Khmer Music and music bands

Khmer Culture

In Khmer culture there are two main types of the ensembles playing traditional music, one of them locals call «Pinpeat», and the other one is called «Mokhori». Pinpeat consists of a string and percussion instruments, and Mokhori consists of only one string. In Pinpeat it is possible to see a roneat (a xylophone made of […]

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Khmer dances

Khmer Dance

The brightest model of Cambodian classical dance is a dance based on a story from the epic Rama poem (Ramayana) that according to the legend has an author Valmiki (a wise singer, whose name was given by Hindu God Brahma). This religious literary work is dated about IV century AD and is known for many interpretations […]

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Cambodian Beauty. Daughters of the Gods

Apsara Dancer, Cambodia

The most beautiful girls in Cambodia are Apsaras (also spelled as Apsarasas). The Apsara image can be found on the bas-reliefs of all ancient Cambodian temples. Apsara is the name of the ancient dancer and is taken from Hindu mythology. These dances by the Cambodian Rouge have developed under Hindu influence. In their stories, the […]

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Religion in Cambodia

Buddhist monks in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Approximately 95% of Cambodia’s population follow Theravada Buddhism — the Buddhist doctrine — as well as in Thailand, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. However the Christianity and Moslem (confessed by Cham) are also widespread both in the capital and in the province. There are two Muslim communities, making up to 3% of population. Just under 3 […]

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Khmer people

Khmer people

Ethnic structure Today the population of Cambodia is about 15 million people, 90-95% of them are ethnic Khmers. The other 5-10% are Chinese Cambodians, Chams, mountain Khmers (Khmer Loeu) and Vietnamese. In the capital Phnom Penh live only about 10% of population, therefore Cambodia is the country of villagers, farmers and handicraftsmen. Representatives of the […]

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