Cambodia has a rich artistic heritage that stretches back thousands of years to the pre-Angkor era. While much of it came close to being wiped out during the Khmer Rouge reign from 1975 to 1979, huge efforts have been spent during the last few decades to rekindle the scene. The result is plenty of places for visitors to enjoy performances and shows, especially in the popular hubs of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
The most popular form of classical Cambodian dance is apsara, which dates back to the 7th Century.
A walk around the majority of the temples will show apsara dancers carved into the walls and bas reliefs, with their dance forming an essential part of Khmer culture.
Believed to be beautiful female creatures that came from heaven to entertain kings and gods with their dance, the dance is slow, hypnotic, and gentle. Each of the careful hand gestures and foot movements holds its own meaning, with the elaborate costumes mirroring the majestic moves.
For a truly majestic show, Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor puts on some stunning performances in its tranquil tropical gardens. Combining traditional Cambodian dance and Khmer martial art, the sumptuous setting is the perfect place to be introduced to the ancient art forms. A barbecue of pan-Asian cuisine is also served. Between April and September, the show runs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7 p.m. Between October and March, shows are daily.
Address and Phone Number:
1 Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Siem Reap, +855 (0)63 963 888