Religion plays a major role in determining the cultural psyche of the Cambodians. Their culture is largely influenced by Hinduism and Buddhism along with their indigenous animistic beliefs. Hindu and Buddhist symbols and imagery are predominant in the arts and folklore of Cambodia. The food in Siem Reap shares quite a few traits with those of neighboring countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, and China.
Cambodian Cultural Village
At this theme park, there are 13 different villages where shows related to Siem Reap culture are performed. The village also houses miniature models of all the important landmarks in the country. There is also a wax museum with figures of erstwhile monarchs, monks, and other important personalities of the nation.
Timing: 8.00 am to 7.00 pm
Angkor National Museum
The museum has a vast collection of artefacts that narrate the story of the Khmer people and their culture. There is an audio guide available for visitors to familiarize themselves with the exhibits. Some of the highlights at the museum include the statue of Sumedha Hermit, the sculptures of Ganapati and Vishnu, as well as an intricately carved piece of lintel from the 10th century.
Timing: 8.30 am to 6.00 pm (1 Apr – 30 Sep)
8.30 am to 6.30 pm (1 Oct – 31 Mar)
Apsara Theatre (Off Wat Bo Road)
Enjoy a traditional Khmer dance performance as you enjoy dinner at this theatre. The food is typical Khmer fare from a set menu. The dance dramas typical of culture in Siem Reap often narrate stories from the Ramayana or draw from the rich folklore of the region.
Timing: 8.30 pm
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Cello Concert by Dr Beat Richner
A unique performance by a Swiss man popularly known as Beatocello takes place twice a week at the conference hall of Jayavarman VII Hospital. This medical doctor also runs a non-profit for the betterment of the local community and welcomes donations though entry fee.
Timing: 7.15 pm to 8.30 pm (Thursday and Saturday)
Angkorian Pottery Class
Learn about crafts and art in Siem Reap before you make a bowl as a souvenir for yourself. Discover the process of making ceramics and master the technique of using a potter’s wheel. Carve the bowl and finish it off with handmade tools.
Timing: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Siem Reap Street Food Evening Tour
Sample a variety of Cambodian snacks including Khmer rice cakes and mangosteen from the numerous street stalls. For the adventurous of heart, fried crickets, red ants, spiders, and snakes on a stick are also available in plenty!
Timing:The tour starts at dusk and can last u pto three hours
This is just a glimpse into some of the culture tours in Siem Reap that you are likely to come across during your stay. Apart from these, the city is also a history buff’s paradise and an archaeology enthusiast’s dream come true.
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