The National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh is the country’s main and major repository of national treasures, relics and heritage. It is clearly Cambodia’s largest and most important museum of cultural history and historical and archaeological treasures.
When not many people gave notice to Cambodian art, George Groslier, a Cambodian-born French historian, curator and author, almost singlehandedly revived international interest in local Khmer art and culture. He designed the museum, creating a new and unique architectural design called Traditional Khmer. The National Museum resembles portions of the Angkor Wat and undoubtedly represents a modern attempt to reinvent ancient Khmer architecture. He was also the museum first conservator, and practically gave his life to preserve, promote and popularize Khmer art and culture when the rest of the world did not care. [Read more…]