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Apsara Dance is a popular Khmer classical performance known by various names in English, such as Khmer royal ballet and Cambodian court dance. For most travelllers, no visit to Cambodia is complete without attending Apsara Dance. Traditional Khmer dance generally brings ancient Khmer culture to life through its dancers, singers and instruments. Apsara dance has a grounded, subtle, and feather-light appearance. The dance is exceptionally unique with its elaborate costuming, tight posture, fingers flexed backwards, arched back and feet, codified facial expressions, slow, deliberate but flowing movements. It presents themes, messages and stories inspired primarily by the Reamker or the Ramayana and the Age of Angkor. The countless Apsaras or celestial dancers adorning the walls of Angkorian temples may suggest that this classical dance has been part of Khmer culture for over a millennium, making the source of the tradition impossible to trace. Much of traditional dance is inspired by Angkorian-era art and themes, but the tradition has not been passed unbroken from the age of Angkor. In the past, the Apsara dance was the Royal dance, performed only before Royalty to commemorate their dynastic ancestors and to honor the gods.

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Although Phnom Penh only became the capital city of Cambodia in 1866, it is still a city steeped in tradition and history, offering several cultural and historical sights. Phnom Penh came under French colonial control from 1863-1953, flourished in independence in the late 1950s through the 60s, was besieged and then evacuated by the Khmer [...]

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Cambodia Module 6-Day Package 6 Days 5 Nights Siem Reap/Phnom Penh (PTC6D-1)

The Kingdom of Cambodia is one of the world’s newest and most exciting travel destinations. After years of isolation, Cambodia opened to tourists in the mid-1990s and the number of tourists has increased every year since – last year the country had nearly two million tourists. Cambodia’s primary tourist destinations – Angkor Wat and the [...]

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