Temple Watch: Tunes in the temples

Temple Watch: Tunes in the temples

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One of my most treasured moments of my first visit to Angkor in 2002 was to hear the sounds of traditional musicians near the entrance of the small Preah Neak Pean temple. A small group of land mine victims were filing the air with delightful sounds, emphasising the exotic nature of this country. My favourite places to hear the musicians are Banteay Srey and Banteay Kdei, where the Angkor Disabled Association (pictured here) play.  The association was formed in 2004 by Sem Sovantha, an ex-soldier and land mine survivor who has been working tirelessly to raise money to support land mine victims and their families. The income from these concerts are an important part of their fundraising efforts.

For a more spectacular music event, the Angkor Wat Night Show is held at Angkor Wat. From 7pm visitors can enter the temple and will see demonstrations of soldiers' skills. The spectacular performance of music, dancing and fighting involves more than 100 musicians and dancers with the backdrop of the floodlit towers of Angkor Wat. The shows are held each evening, weather permitting. An Angkor pass is not needed as it is included in the US$15 ticket price.


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