The Vibrant Traditions & Culture of Cambodia – A Culture that Remains to the Present Day

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Cambodia is a famous spot among tourist not just for the amazing scenery but also for the essence of a rich historical culture that remains dense in the air. Cambodians formed the Khmer culture with the influence of Indian religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism.

A look at the past

The peak era of the Angkor period was the 9th and the 14th century. This empire was the most powerful in all of Southeast Asia. The empire met its demise because of the constant internal conflicts and wars. Nevertheless, The Angkor empire left its mark in places like Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and more!

Architecture and design

Most of the ancient Khmer structure of shrines and palaces are made of stone. The people of Cambodia often engraved walls and the stone floors with images of Hindu and Buddhist mythical creatures. Even luxury hotels in Siem Reap the likes of Anantara Angkor Resort, has interior ornaments that mirror this rich culture.

David Wilmot from Wimbledon, United KingdomStatues over a bridge-angkorCC BY 2.0

Khmer clothing

When it comes to cultural outfits, the Cambodian fashion stands out among its neighbours because of a special scarf called the ‘Krama’. In archaic times, this scarf would serve as protection from the sun, a hammock for babies and even a sarong!

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CChristopher Michel creator QS:P170,Q5112871, Vietnam & Cambodia (3337638552)CC BY 2.0

Khmer cuisine

The Cambodians fancy having a bit of every flavour in their food. Most of the dishes are eaten with a bowl of rice. The curries are mostly cooked with coconut milk with many spices that intensify the flavours of the dish.

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AnilakeoKhmer food, Phnom PenhCC BY-SA 4.0

Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+

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