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Wat Damnak Pagoda in Siem Reap has been a learning center for over 100 years.

King Jayavarman VII established an education system inside the Buddhist temples around the Angkor Complex during his reign in the late 12th century.  Mathematics, astrology, public health, art, and traditional culture were all taught by a king or a priest in the temples. In the 16th century, pagodas became centers of learning for the local …

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MEDHA: A Story of Women’s Empowerment Through Art.

When MEDHA begins playing and beating various types of (mostly large) drums, people’s jaws drop to the floor. What exactly is going on? Who are these ladies? There’s a sense of power and energy in the air, along with some lighthearted fun, in addition to the booming drum beats. The women are wide-eyed, thrusting their …

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Yajnavaraha (10th century) : Royal Physician and Priest

Yajnavaraha (10th century) was a priest-doctor and royal physician at King Rajendravarman’s court in Angkor, Cambodia, where he practised traditional Cambodian medicine and Ayurveda. He was the grandson of King Harshavarman I and a royal Brahmin. The majority of his knowledge came from his father Damodara, a vedic scholar. He was well-known for his religious …

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Try to be master of your strength rather than focusing on the unseen.

How Krom Ngoy outsmarted Phirum Yu with a clever response! There was a story that when Krom Ngoy traveled via Battambang to return to Cambodia, he met Phirum Yu, a talented poet and language master. Phirum Yu asked Krom Ngoy to participate in a competition because he had heard that Krom Ngoy was a great …

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The longest festival in Cambodia is celebrated for 15 days.

Do you know that the biggest festival in Cambodia takes place over a 15-day period? The longest celebration in Cambodia, Pchum Ben, lasts for 15 days and is followed by three days of vacation. In Cambodia, it has historically been a tradition to honor departed family members with special Khmer sticky rice cakes, meals, and …

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Do you know? There are 19 indigenous languages in Cambodia.

The spoken languages reflect the diversity of the cultures.  In Cambodia, there are at least 19 indigenous languages. They can be divided roughly into the Austronesian language family, which includes the Jarai people, and the Mon-Khmer language family, which includes the Brao, Kreung, Tumpoun, Bunong, and Kui people. Some native languages are only spoken. Initiatives …

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Pottery making: Cambodia’s oldest and most living craft tradition.

The reuse is emerging as a viable alternative to our inefficient industrial model, in which raw materials are exploited to produce goods that appease today’s excessive commercialism hunger before being destroyed.  Simple actions like repairing, recycling, refurbishing, and reusing are at the heart of a circular economy.  The goal of all these tactics is to …

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If you are happy and you know it: KlapYaHandZ

Music is everywhere in Cambodia, with karaoke bars appearing to be on every street corner, loud melodies filling the air, and speakers blasting songs from every direction. No matter where one is—on a bus, in the street, or having lunch—hear the sound of Cambodian music, with love and modern pop songs being the favorite genre. …

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