Bon Om Touk: The Cambodian Water Festival

Bon Om Touk (បុណ្យអុំទូក in Khmer), or the Cambodian Water Festival, is celebrated each year to mark the reversal of the flow of the Tonle Sap River. Visitors from every town and province travel to Phnom Penh to watch boat races along the Sisowath Quay and attend free concerts in the evenings. For three days, workers from every province join with the city’s residents to … Continue reading Bon Om Touk: The Cambodian Water Festival

The Pinpeat Orchestra of Cambodia

The pinpeat (ពិណពាទ្យ) orchestra or musical ensemble performs the ceremonial music of the royal courts and temples of Cambodia. The orchestra consists of approximately nine or ten instruments, mainly wind and percussion (including several varieties of xylophone and drums). It accompanies court dances, masked plays, shadow plays, and religious ceremonies. It is very similar to the piphat (ปี่พาทย์) ensemble of Thailand, which will feature in an … Continue reading The Pinpeat Orchestra of Cambodia

Dance of the Apsara Divinities

In Cambodia, dance (របាំ, robam in Khmer) consists of three main categories: Khmer classical dance, or Robam Preah Reach Trop, a highly stylized dance form originating from the royal court used for invocation, entertainment and to pay homage; folk dance which portrays cultural traditions; and social dances performed in social gatherings. Robam Tep Apsara (របាំទេពអប្សរា, literally, Dance of the Apsara Divinities) is the title of a … Continue reading Dance of the Apsara Divinities

French Indochina #101 (1922)

French Indochina #101 (1922)

French Indochina (Indochine française in French, សហភាពឥណ្ឌូចិន in Khmer, Đông Dương thuộc Pháp in Vietnamese, ຝຣັ່ງແຫຼັມອິນດູຈີນ in Lao, and 法屬印度支那 in Cantonese), officially known as the Indochinese Union (Union indochinoise) after 1887 and the Indochinese Federation (Fédération indochinoise) after 1947, was a grouping of French colonial territories in Southeast Asia. A grouping of the three Vietnamese regions of Tonkin (north), Annam (center), and Cochinchina (south) with … Continue reading French Indochina #101 (1922)

Cambodia #1543 (1996)

Cambodia #1543 (1996)

The Kingdom of Cambodia (Preah Reacheanachak Kampuchea — ព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា), is located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is 69,898 square miles (181,035 square kilometers) in area, bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east, and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest. Cambodia has a population of over 15 million. The official religion is Theravada Buddhism, … Continue reading Cambodia #1543 (1996)