Cambodia is one of the oldest countries in Southeast Asia that is filled with old traditions and cultures. Astonishingly, documents of this profound culture and history are seen engraved on the walls of many of its temples, which goes to show the romance of the country of Cambodia. Since Cambodian people are known to have such a rich history and unique lifestyle, the Cambodian Cultural Village puts on a great display of such accounts in the form of miniatures, traditional shows, historical items and a museum.
The village has representations of 11 different villages of Cambodia with each having its own architectural style and creativity. At each village, there are distinct traditional dance performances, ceremonies, games and night shows that are regularly performed.
Here are some of the highlights seen at the Cambodian Cultural Village:
- Wax Museum – The Wax Museum features popular Cambodian historical people from the first century up until the present day. It also showcases the lifestyle and antiques of the Khmer people during the Angkor period.
- Millionaire House – An ancient Khmer structure, the Millionaire House was built from fine wood materials and is one of the more popular sites in the village. A must-see event is when a traditional Khmer wedding is performed.
- Cham Village – The Cham people originated from Champa, Vietnam and mostly resided along the riverbanks. Fishing was their main source of livelihood while their principle religion was Islam.
- Chinese Village – During the Song Dynasty a thousand years ago, the Chinese people moved to Cambodia. Most of them set up small businesses of crops and vegetables while their main religion was Buddhism.
- Kola Village – Around 1870, the Kola People migrated to Cambodia from Burma and became one of the minorities living in the northwest part of Cambodia. Make sure to stop by this village to watch the Pailin Peacock Dance that highlights the peacock’s activities.
- Kroeng Village – See Kroeng people living in the northeastern part of Cambodia at the Rattanakiri province. Farming and hunting are their main source of living while they believe in Animism. The Fiancé Choosing Show is their most popular activity at the village.
- Khmer Village – Khmer are the majority people found in Cambodia. Activities such as wood and stone carving, palm sugar making, clay pot making, crafting and fishing are often done in the village with the popular Grang Khmer Family Night Show.
- Floating Village – The Tonle Sap Lake provides a great source of fish that is the main food of the Cambodian people. Naturally, villagers make use of fishing to survive, which is why the “Fishing Show” is the village’s best performance.
- Miniatures – From historical structures and buildings, to the Royal Palace, to the National Museum to the 10th Century Reclining Buddha, see them all in miniatures.
- Mini-Theater – Roofed by “Khunma” leaves, see classical and popular dances performed only at the mini-theater of the village.
The Cambodian Cultural Village was constructed to let locals and tourists marvel at the country’s famous and historic milestones. It also showcases the rich natural and cultural heritage of Cambodia, so make sure not to leave Siem Reap without seeing this unique destination.