Khmer culture

Khmer culture

A CULTURE’S clothing is symbolic of the nation. The Kingdom of Cambodia has a unique culture that dates from ancient times and continues today. Many people still wear traditional Khmer clothing to pagodas, to weddings and other ceremonies.

When there is a traditional ceremony, we often see beggars, young and old, inside the pagodas and outside the gates, asking for money. After they are given money, some of them use it to buy food – but others use it to buy drugs that can ruin their future and disrupt society.

Pchom Ben has arrived, and people are bringing food to the monks in pagodas and praying to dead family members. Some teenagers wear traditional clothing, made from silks such as Hol or Phamuong, to pagodas, but some wear sexy dresses. We discuss how that reflects on Khmer culture and whether it’s a good model for other young women.

On the topic of Khmer culture, we also speak to a 24-year-old who is exceptionally skilled in Chapei Dang Veng, A Yai, Mohaori and other styles of tradit-ional music.

She is not the only talented young woman in this week’s issue. We speak to a lady who designs traditional Khmer clothes, especially Khmer wedding clothes. She quit her nursing studies to start her own business specialising in wedding apparel.

Lift would like to thank the readers who are always interested and send in answers for our weekly prize. We hope you will continue to support us.  We have even more interesting articles inside. If you have any comments, please send them to us through [email protected]. Thanks!

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia-Thailand rail reconnected after 45 years

    A railway reconnecting Cambodia and Thailand was officially inaugurated on Monday following a 45-year hiatus, with the two kingdoms’ prime ministers in attendance at the ceremony. On the occasion, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha travelled together from Thailand’s

  • Thousands attend CNRP-organised pro-democracy vigil in South Korea

    Thousands of supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Saturday gathered in the South Korean city of Gwangju to hold a candlelight demonstration calling for the “liberation” of democracy in Cambodia. Yim Sinorn, a CNRP member in South Korea, said on

  • US Embassy: Chinese trade does not help like the West’s

    The US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Friday said relations between China and Cambodia did not create jobs or help industry when compared to the trade between the Kingdom and the US. “About 87 per cent of trade [with China] are Chinese imports, which do not

  • New airport study set for 2019

    A feasibility study on the construction of a new airport in the Kingdom will be launched later this year, according to a Ministry of Tourism spokesman on Monday. The plan was approved last week in a meeting held by the Ministry of Economy and Finance