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Exhibition reflects Cambodia as kingdom of culture

Update: November, 09/2017 - 06:00
A photo of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO heritage site, displayed at the exhibition.
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Apsara dance, traditional costumes and old temples of Cambodia are featured at a photo exhibition that opened on Wednesday in Hà Nội.

The exhibition, entitled Cambodia – A Kingdom of Culture, presents to Vietnamese people the richness of both intangible and tangible cultural heritage, the beauty of the natural landscape and the warmth of Cambodian people.

Visitors can take a visual tour of Cambodia through photos of Angkor Wat, Preah Vihear Temple, Apsara dance and other aspects listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

The exhibition also displays traditional costumes, Khmer kites, masks, ancient paintings, sculptures and musical instruments.

A photo of an Apsara dancing performance displayed at the exhibition.

Attendees can also peruse photos and information of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang and Sihanoukville, which have great economic potential and attractive cultural and tourist destinations.

The exhibition is part of the Cambodian Cultural Week in Việt Nam. It will run until Saturday at the Việt Nam Culture and Arts Exhibition Centre, 2 Hoa Lư Street, Hai Bà Trưng District, Hà Nội.

“The event helps connect people of the two countries, share with Vietnamese people a knowledge about Cambodian culture,” said Hab Touch, head of the Culture and Technology Department under the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Arts.

“We continue to enhance co-operation in multiple facets for a better and peaceful living, development and the long-term traditional friendship between two countries.”

A wooden sculpture of an Apsara dancer, displayed at the exhibition. — VNS Photo Minh Thu

An art performance will be held in Hạ Long city in the northern province of Quảng Ninh tomorrow with participation of many artists and troupes from Cambodia, such as Tiengmom Sotheavy, Ean Rin and the National Dance Company of Cambodia.

They will perform makara dance (using fans to represent the scales of the mythical makara while the goddess Manimekhala leads the mimicry with her crystal ball of magic), apsara dance, musical instruments and an extract of the play Ramayana.

A similar performance took place yesterday at the Hà Nội Opera House. VNS


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