Khmer opera in the National Museum: Cambodian Living Arts

If you want to learn more about Cambodian arts and culture, a visit to the National Museum behind the Royal Palace is a must. Also, the great shows of the organization “Cambodian Living Arts” starting at 7 pm on an open-air stage are worth a visit. In addition to dance and musical classical Khmer, operas are performed. For Western ears, foreign melodies and the rhythmic sound of the Gamelan orchestra put the audience in almost a kind of meditative trance. Wheelchair can be in front of the stage as well as – after overcoming a high heel – in front of the first row of seats

During the Pol Pot time around 90 % of all artists – singers, dancers, musicians, painters, and writers – were killed or expelled. So the mission of “Cambodian Living Arts” is to revive the art of Khmer to preserve the few remaining plays, music, and opera pieces and to train young artists to perform them. To support and enjoy at the same time!


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