Bunong families petition PM
Four villagers representing more than 1,800 Bunong ethnic families who are embroiled in a territorial spat in Mondulkiri province petitioned two ministries and Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday.They want the authorities to push the local authority to revoke the private ownership of a portion ...
Wat Phnom to be restored
The Phnom Penh municipality is finalising plans for a potential $1 million renovation of Wat Phnom, City Hall spokesman Long Dimanche said yesterday. The project, which will commence at an unspecified date, will focus on combating hillside erosion while restoring worn-out structures. ...
The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts will investigate religious ceremonies by Vietnamese on Bokor Mountain
The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts will investigate on a scene where religious rituals have held by the Vietnamese on the Bokor Mountain, in Kampot province. This measure happened simultaneously after the Seventh Commission of the National Assembly summoned the minister to clarify on ...
Cambodian officials pledge to further promote cultural, people-to-people ties with China
Senior Cambodian officials on Tuesday vowed to further enhance cultural and people-to-people relations between Cambodia and China for the benefits of the two countries and peoples. “Cambodia supports all activities to broaden cultural ties with China,” Cambodian Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona said ...
Xinhuanet News Staff
City Hall backtracks amid White Building outcry
With momentum gathering behind a movement to renovate rather than raze Phnom Penh’s famous White Building, City Hall on Thursday backtracked on its assertion earlier this week that the building was destined for demolition. On Tuesday, Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong said the iconic apartment block ...
Hul Reaksmey and Chan Cheuk Yin
Cambodian youths urged to help preserve culture
A national seminar on youth and cultural development was held here Monday with an aim to encourage young people to help safeguard, preserve and develop national culture, officials said. The two-day event brought together 700 participants, including culture officials, artists, archeologists, historians, and youths, said Culture ...
ASEAN-China Center News Staff
Cambodia's Angkor artifacts to be exhibited in China
Eighty masterpieces from Cambodia’s renowned Angkor Wat Temple will be displayed in China for six months, aiming at promoting cultural ties between the two countries. Cambodian Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona and Liu Shuguang, director general of the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage, ...
Xinhuanet News Staff
Ministry sets official Tuol Sleng ticket price
Although foreigners have long paid a fee to enter Phnom Penh’s Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has announced that the days of apparently free entry to the notorious Khmer Rouge prison are finished and the charge will now be ...
Cambodian Confucius Institute organizes Chinese proficiency contest for secondary students
The Confucius Institute of the Royal Academy of Cambodia on Wednesday hosted the 7th Chinese Bridge Chinese proficiency competition for Cambodian secondary students. Fourteen Cambodian candidates, who had been shortlisted from dozens of students, were contested in the final stage on Wednesday. Each contestant was given three ...
Xinhuanet News Staff
Temple to be restored
A stone wall from the Angkorian-era Banteay Chhmar temple that was damaged in a rainstorm last month will be repaired in July, an official said yesterday. Yang Tangkouy, a provincial official, said the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts is cooperating with UNESCO on the restoration ...
DVD shops close before raid
A handful of stores in Phnom Penh’s City Mall closed up shop yesterday morning, draping large curtains over their storefronts rather than face an impending police raid on businesses allegedly selling pirated movies there, police and other vendors said. The aborted raid came less than two ...
Sen David and Stuart White
PM decries copyright theft
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday called on government bodies, local authorities, international organisations and the private sector to dial back Cambodia’s widespread theft of copyrighted works, like film and music, and encouraged the creation of more original, home-grown cultural works. Copying other countries’ cultural output – ...
More pre-Angkorian temples found within land concessions
Seven pre-Angkorian temples have been discovered on two land concessions in Preah Vihear province, but while an Environment Ministry official said Tuesday that the ministry had no knowledge of the temples when they granted the concessions, the Culture Ministry said their existence had long been ...
Denise Hruby and Sek Odom
In Cambodia, culture shapes identity, spurs economic growth
Last year, the United Nations called for culture to be given top priority in the post-2015 global development agenda, citing its importance to economic growth, social inclusion, equality, and sustainable development. It is difficult to quantify the impact culture has on a nation, particularly for a developing ...
Ministries to Embark on Project With Microsoft
Technology giant Microsoft is expected to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Education as well as the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts to help build a free online Khmer-language database for users to translate documents between Khmer and other languages, a ...
As mosques are replaced, Cham minority could see heritage fade
Cambodia is home to some 400,000 Cham Muslims. The ethnic group, like many others, suffered terrible losses during the Khmer Rouge regime. Lives were lost and cultural landmarks destroyed. Now, as mosques and heritage sites around the country are demolished to make way for more ...
Poppy McPherson and Mom Kunthear
Cambodian parliament chief hails excellent ties with China
Cambodian President of the National Assembly Heng Samrin on Monday expressed his satisfactions with China-Cambodia relations and cooperation and vowed to further enhance for the benefits of the two countries and peoples. He made the remarks during a meeting with Lei Yulan, vice- chairwoman of the ...
Five More Years For Hun Sen; Some Ministers Reshuffled
A day after its opening session and still devoid of the 55 lawmakers-elect of the opposition CNRP, the country’s new, one-party National Assembly voted Prime Minister Hun Sen in for yet another five-year term Tuesday and approved an extensive reshuffle of his Cabinet. In a ...
Hul Reaksmey and Zsombor Peter
Familiar feel to shuffle
Ten of the Kingdom’s 24 ministerial positions are set to be reshuffled at the launch of the new government, according to an internal party memo obtained yesterday. Among those tapped for a cabinet position is Say Sam El – the 34-year-old son of Senate deputy president ...
Shops to close, limit hours
Many restaurants, shops, supermarkets and tourist sites in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap will operate at a limited capacity or close entirely this Sunday as Cambodians line up at voting stations to elect a new government. Despite the closures, Ang Kim Eang, president of the ...