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Khmer Cultural Night at Kep

Kep City – Even a time of meditation, peace and silence needs some fun. If you are in Kep this month or anywhere near such as Kampot, take a shower of cultural events. The Don Bosco Kep campus holds the weekly Cultural Night every Saturday at 7:30 PM with a traditional Cambodian meal, based, of course, in sea food, where crab is the main dish. Five traditional dances performed by Don Bosco students will give you an idea of the ancient civilizations of the Khmer.

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Don Bosco students train for the traditional and millennial Apsara dancing.

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Kep 2017 Sea Festival

Kep City – Kep Province will be the “center” of Cambodia this Christmas. The already annual Sea Festival has its place in the smallest but interesting province of the Southeast of Cambodia. Each year the coastal provinces host the program that attracts hundreds of visitors, traders and artists. The event will take place on December 22-24 and will be inaugurated by Samdech Hun Sen on Saturday, December 23.

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Local Cambodian men playing volleyball at the Kep mangroves.

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Cambodian cuisine

The Cambodian food is generally overlooked, even by some expatriates who have lived in the country for years. In the Southeast Asian region, the most internationally famous cuisines come from Thailand and Vietnam. You can find Thai and Viet restaurants in all continents, but it is more uncommon to see a Cambodian restaurant – though there are. As many other things of the Cambodian culture, its cuisine has been hidden by decades of wars and conflicts, but we are in the golden time of tourism and knowing it can be a delicious adventure.

Before the 2004’s Cambodian tourism boom and due to high poverty and economic stagnation, good restaurants were about international food – Western, especially French, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese. Cambodian restaurants were places with poor hygienic avoided by foreigners that were afraid of getting an infection.  Read More…

Cambodian culture

The Cambodian Culture includes many cultural representations from different human groups present in the Cambodian territory, but also outside the country. Although the Khmer Ethnic is the major group in Cambodia, there are also other ethnic minority groups that make a great contribution to the national identity. But Khmer is also an ethnic minority in other countries, especially in the Thai province of Sarim and in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta. In Thailand they are known as Khmer-Sarim and in the Vietnam as Khmer Krom (from Low Cambodia). With the migration of Cambodians to other continents and their eventual return – many of them born abroad – it is possible to speak about Khmer-American (Khmericans in short), Khmer-French, etc.  Read More…

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