Where are you going?
Or, let us surprise youSpin the Globe ®

Cambodian Living Arts, Wat Bo Pagoda

Samdech Tep Vong
Plane loader
Animated dots
Spend a night at the shadow puppet theatre Siem Reap  Cambodia

Spend a night at the shadow puppet theatre

Cambodian shadow-puppet theatre, known as Sbaek, is performed at a number of venues around Siem Reap, however, the best shows are by Cambodian Living Arts at the beautiful 18th century Wat Bo Pagoda. It's said that this medieval art form dates back to the Khmer Empire era and has barely changed in centuries. The intricate "puppets," which in fact are large, intricately patterned cut-outs made from ox, buffalo or cow hide, are attached to two bamboo rods and represent characters from the Hindu epic narrative The Ramayana. They are maneuvered by the puppeteers behind a back-lit screen in time to the wonderful live music. It's a lot more dramatic and entrancing that it sounds and it's one of my favorite things to do in Siem Reap. Performance days and times change depending on the season so it's best to phone or email to make enquiries and reservations: bookings@cambodianlivingarts.org