Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Hun Sen sings high praises of iconic chapey dong veng

Hun Sen sings high praises of iconic chapey dong veng

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The UNESCO-listed chapei dong veng has been played in Cambodia for many centuries. Information Ministry

Hun Sen sings high praises of iconic chapey dong veng

Prime Minister Hun Sen marked the fourth anniversary of the chapei dong veng, the traditional Khmer two-stringed guitar, being included on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list by praising the musical instrument’s role in Cambodian culture.

In a Facebook post on November 30, he said: “The chapei dong veng can be played as an accompaniment with songs or used to create and invent new songs on its own.”

He also said the instrument had been crucial in educating Cambodians on their culture and virtues by way of ancient stories and fables.

The chapei dong veng has been played in Cambodia for centuries and images of the iconic long-necked instrument were engraved on the walls of the Angkor Wat temple.

Hun Sen also thanked older Cambodians who played the chapei dong veng and had helped to preserve its music and artistry. He also thanked the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts for requesting that UNESCO add the instrument to its Cultural Heritage List.

The culture ministry launched the theatre of the chapei dong veng on its formal Facebook page on November 28 to raise awareness about the instrument.

Ministry spokesman Long Ponnasirivath said the chapei dong veng theatre this year featured a chapter of the Lakhon Khol Reamker, the localised version of the Indian epic Ramayana, orchestra presentations and a royal symphony. Older chapei dong veng masters Kampoul Pich and Moeu Moeurn played the instrument and discussed methods of teaching it to the young generation.

“We performed scenes concerning the chapei dong veng on the culture ministry’s official Facebook page. But we didn’t organise an in-person programme for people to watch because we are afraid of Covid-19 transmission,” he said.

Ponnasirivath urged all Cambodians to remember and preserve their culture, saying that in this way they helped preserve the soul of the nation.

“We call for the participation of the people. We are Khmer, who are the owners of this culture. We join hands to preserve and promote it. We prepare, perform and spread our culture in all forms so the people can join us in promoting national culture.

“Putting [the chapei dong veng] on the list of intangible cultural heritage is a point of national pride – our masterpiece has been recognised,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen: Full country reopening to be decided in two weeks

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced that if the Covid-19 situation remains stable for 15 consecutive days from the end of the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, Cambodia will reopen fully, albeit in the context of Covid-19 whereby people have to adjust their lives to

  • Cambodia sets new Covid-19 quarantine rules

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Will Evergrande change the way Chinese developers do business in Cambodia?

    China’s property sector policy has exposed the grim financial condition of real estate developers including those operating in Cambodia, which raises questions over the viability of their projects and business going forward The dark blue netting draping over one of Yuetai Group Co Ltd’

  • Cambodia unveils new quarantine regulations

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Phnom Penh governor: Show Covid-19 vaccination cards, or else

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng late on October 5 issued a directive requiring all people aged 18 and over and the parents of children aged 6-17 to produce Covid-19 vaccination cards when entering schools, markets, malls, marts, eateries and other business establishments that have been permitted

  • Cambodia seeks probe into 'false reports' on Hun Sen's alleged Cypriot passport

    Minister of Justice Koeut Rith on September 6 wrote a letter to his Cypriot counterpart Stephie Dracos requesting cooperation in investigating and providing the truth in relation to the "exaggerative and false allegations" that Prime Minister Hun Sen holds a Cypriot passport. In his letter, the