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   Traditional Shows


Sovanna Phum Association

Traditional Khmer music, dance, and arts 
Shows Days and time: Fridays and Saturdays 6:00PM
Address: Association Sovanna Phum #111 St. 360 
                  Phnom Penh , Cambodia
Tel: 012 84 60 20 or 012 85 74 37

In 1994 a group of students from the from the Royal School of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh began to share their efforts in performing traditional Khmer arts, music and dance. In 1995 a performance space was acquired and has been a venue for shows and exhibitions ever since.

Sovanna Phum translates as " Magic Village ". Incorporated as an association in 1995, the group's goal is to bring Khmer traditional culture to a wider audience, both locally and internationally.
For this, it has organized hundreds of performances since its inception.



A. Shadow Puppets    

  • Sbeik Thom - Reamker - The Khmer version of the Ramayana 
  • Sbeik Touch - also known as "Äian", its stories, often comic in nature, draw their inspiration from scenes of the everyday life in Cambodia . Traditional legends are depicted as well as modern messages regarding child exploitation, reproductive health and freedom of expression. 

A limited number of shadow puppets are also available for sale, at Sovonna phum 

B. Classical Dance

Cambodia 's famed traditional dance comes to life with the backing of a live orchestra, drawing on a wide range of diverse traditions.  

C. Circus

Clowns, acrobats, jugglers and musicians provide clever and comic performances to amuse and delight all generations.

D. Khmer Orchestra

None of the above would be possible without the music of the traditional Khmer Orchestra, the"Pien Peat", consisting of  

    • Drums
    • Chha-Pei Dongveng (traditional guitar)
    • Wind instruments
    • Percussion (khong touch and thom)
    • Xylophone (ro-niet)
    • Flute (sro-lai)

Association Sovanna Phum #111 St. 360
Phnom Penh , Cambodia


   Art Exhibitions


Several places in town put on exhibitions of contemporary art, photographs, handicrafts, and antiques.Java Cafe & Gallery, the French Cultural Center (#218, Street 184) and Reyum Gallery (#47, Street 178) all offer regularly changing exhibitions. Reyum Gallery features the works of some of Cambodia ’s finest contemporary artists, and has recently received an international award. Top end hotels such as InterContinental, Le Royal, Cambodiana and Sunway offer changing exhibitions. The Foreign Correspondents Club occasionally has photo showings. Also check out galleries such as Asasax Art Gallery , New Art Gallery , and Couleurs D’Asie. Check the Friday Cambodia Daily and the ‘Listings’ section of the Phnom Penh Post for new exhibitions.


   Movie Houses


There are now several big screens in town, but they feature only Khmer language films. English language movies shown in private viewing rooms at Movie Street Video Center , #116, Sihanouk. Talkin to a Stranger (Sunday, 6PM ) offer weekly movie showings in a bar venue. Mekong River is offering multiple daily showings of the documentary film, ‘Pol Pot: The History of Genocide’ ($3 admission to movie). Le Cinema at the French Cultural Centre (#214, Street 184 Tel: 023-721383) hosts French films at 6:30PM every few days.

French Cultural Center Cinema

The center hosts French films mostly with English subtitles, if in case no subtitles, try to ask the film operator “it works”
Show times: Every other day, Sunday films are popular: two shows first one starts 4:30 pm and the second one 6:30 pm
Check Cambodian Daily, Friday edition and listing section of Phnom Penh Post “Weekly newspaper” French Cultural Centre,

No 218, Keo Chea Street (Street 184),
Phnom Penh , Cambodia



Cambodia Golf and Country Club, 35 km south of Phnom Penh is the course of choice by most players. Golfers meet Sundays, 10:30AM at Tom’s Irish Pub (Street 63, 50m east of Sihanouk Blvd. ) for practice. Meet at Bar Why Not first Sunday of the month for game. 

Cambodia Golf and Country Club
18 hole golf course
Rte #4, 35km south of Phnom Penh
Tel: 023-363666




There are pool tables in several of the bars and restaurants in town. Check the bar/restaurant listings. Walkabout Hotel holds a pool competition every Tuesday at 8:00PM .


   Team Sports: Basketball, Softball, Rugby , Soccer…


Basketball Wednesdays and Sundays at the ISPP
Rugby Saturdays at Old Stadium.
Soccer on Sundays at 4:00 PM at Don Bosco Technical School . Tel: 012-813329 
Softball Sat. at 3:30 at Northbridge Intl School .
Touch Rugby at Chao Pomhea Hok School field, Street 360. Wednesday at 5:00PM ; Saturday at 4:00 PM. Contact Tim at 012-810594.


    Swimming Pools 


There are pools at The Billabong, Elsewhere “nice ambiance”, The Club at Northbridge, InterContinental Phnom Penh Hotel, Phnom Penh Water Park and most major hotels. The Phnom Penh Water Park offers a 17m x 25m pool and a 360o water slide for the kids. Very busy in the afternoons. Better to go between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM .




Kambol F1 Go-Kart Club runs Honda GX 200cc go-karts on a 950m track with computerized track timers. Located on Route 4 at kilometer 18, about 8km south of the airport. 012-897493.  


    Bar/Restaurant Games and Gatherings  


Dart Competition: Walkabout Hotel, Wednesday 9PM.
Chess: Peace Café “Café Santepheap” (#234, St. 63), Sunday afternoon. Riverside Bistro,
              Friday 2:00 PM. Ginger Money, Tuesday 7:30 PM.
Joker’s Wild: Walkabout Hotel, Friday 10PM.
Pool Competition: Walkabout Hotel, Tuesday at 9:00 PM. Soho2, 9-ball, 9PM every night.
                                  Ginger Monkey, 9-ball, 8:30PM Thursdays.
Quiz Night: Peace Café “Café Santepheap” (#234, St. 63), Monday 8PM .  




Both of Phnom Penh’s bowling allies offer modern facilities. Superbowl is part of a large, noisy recreation facility with video games, bumper cars, billiards and more.  

#113, Mao Tse Toung (Parkway Square)
Phnom Penh Bowling Club 
#34-38, Street 294 Tel: 023-365303


    Buddhist Meditation


At Wat Langka (just off Sihanouk Blvd., near the Independence Monument), main temple, upper floor. Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays: 6:00 PM-7:00 PM .

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