Monday, December 22, 2008

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat legend now showing

Monday, December 22, 2008

Apsara dance (Photo: DR, Cambodge Soir Hebdo)

22 Dec 2008
By Im Navin
Cambodge Soir Hebdo
Translated from French by Luc Sâr
Click here to read the article in French

For the second year in a row, the “Angkor Wat Legend” show is presented in front of the famous temple.

This is the second edition of the show which is organized by Bayon TV and the ministry of Tourism. The event attracts about 300 foreign visitors each evening.

Proeung Chhoeung, the deputy director of the University of Fine Arts, said: “130 artists participate in the show. Dance, martial art, light show are contributing to this show. It is a good promotion for Cambodian tourism.” The show highlights Henri Mouhot during his botanical mission when he discovered the temple ruins in 1859. Amazed by an Apsara (celestial dancer) statue, he took a trip back in time in the company this supernatural being to visit the construction of Angkor Wat and the procession march of King Suryavarman (as shown on the bas-relief sculpting of the temple wall). To return back to his time, Henri Mouhot had to promise to his celestial guide to restore the site to its past splendor.

The ticket fee is between $60 and $80 for foreigners and $15 for Cambodian citizens. The show will be presented between 05 December and 31 January 2009.

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