The historical and cultural experience presented by the Cambodian Cultural Village Theme Park is among the best ways to experience Cambodia in a very short time. Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa offers well located Siem Reap accommodation to experience the many attractions of the area.
Located In a 210,000 sq meter area the Cambodian Culture Village offers visitors a glimpse into the lifestyles of the many ethnic groups of the country and of bygone ages through eleven villages, a museum with a collection of artifacts, a wax museum depicting historic incidents and figures that influenced two thousand years of Khmer history, replicas of Khmer dwellings and through historic dramas and traditional Cambodian dance enabling visitors to take a quick trip around the country.
The life styles, houses, dress and the main cultural events of the Champa, Chinese, Kola people of Burmese origin from Northern Cambodia, Kroeng from the north eastern Cambodia, Phnorng people also from north east Cambodia, Khmer the main ethnic group in Cambodia, Surin from the Thai – Cambodia border, fisher folk on the Tonle Sap Lake and others are showcased here. The Khmer wedding ceremony complete with bride, groom and family members dressed in traditional finery, a traditional spouse choosing ceremony, the Khmer family show, the daily fishing ceremony are among the popular entertainments offered in the villages.
Other attractions include scale models of the former capital Ou Dong and the present one Phnom Penh with historical and public buildings, temples, the royal palace, ancient bridges, even a replica of a 10th century reclining Buddha. The nightly King Jayavarman VII show in the big theater is a huge hit. A cast of hundreds in gorgeous costumes with suitable backdrops enact glorious events from his reign. Traditional dance performances such as the Apsara dance of the Khmers, the coconut dance, the peacock dance of the Kola community, drum and comedy shows and acrobatic performances take place in the mini theater.
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