Arts & Culture

The temple in the richness of the forest

Sambor Prei Kuk became Cambodia’s third UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017, yet the temple complex remains relatively unknown. Those visitors who stray from the beaten path and explore the ruins will

History uncovered

In 2012 and 2015, Damian Evans, an archaeologist at the French Institute of Asian Studies, conducted extensive surveys into Cambodia’s ancient temple complexes. Many of these sites had never been fully investigated

All that remains

In Cambodia’s remote Cardamom Mountains, archaeologists have quietly been investigating a mysterious pre-Angkorian culture that left few clues Words and photography by Pete Ford Additional reporting by Prum Bandiddh

Art from anguish

As one of Cambodia’s leading contemporary artists, Leang Seckon’s works draw upon the history and mythology of both his homeland and the chaos of the 20th century to transform tragedy and suffering

A piece of the Kingdom

With Cambodian art rising in popularity both at home and abroad, Discover showcases five galleries where travellers can pick out a piece to bring home

Masters at work

Contemporary art is thriving once again in the Kingdom with a new generation of artists helping to build the country’s creative future. Here, Reaksmey Yean, an art professional and assistant curator at

The art of war

From eating black rubber sandals to dragging an 80kg metal ball halfway across Cambodia, Svay Sareth’s art is heavy with the trauma of a childhood spent in refugee camps Words by Paul

Keeping rhythm

Traditional Khmer music graces the ears of wedding guests and cues the footsteps of dancers in Cambodian ballet, or apsara. Sup Lina, who can play ten traditional Khmer instruments, works full time

Made in the shade

Sok Visal returned to his native Cambodia from France 25 years ago to make art and reclaim his roots. He now helms a film and music collective that is leading a creative

Three lives in Angkor

At the height of its splendour, the Khmer Empire stretched across all of Indochina, drawing tribute and trade from nations across the known world. Working from 13th century records and scenes of

Two thousand years of Cambodian history

From the sacred statues of ancient Funan to the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia’s history charts the rise, fall and rebirth of a wondrous civilisation

Kong Vireak, director of the National Museum of Cambodia

Into the past: Cambodia’s National Museum

A treasure trove of ancient artefacts and cultural curios, Cambodia’s National Museum is an important site for any visitor to the country. We meet the man at the helm of this august

A Cambodian funeral

Discover’s guide to Cambodian cultural events

Been invited to a wedding? Wondering about the ubiquitous small houses stuffed with burning incense? Let us help you delve deeper into a few of Cambodia’s cultural rites

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