Local villagers pray surrounding the small sand hills, locally called "Sam-ang Phnom", praying to mark the end of Khmer New Year, from April 14 to 16, at Phneat Sampaly pagoda, on the outskirt of Phnom Penh, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
Cambodians have deep traditions steeped in animism, astrology and folktales, and many take such predictions very seriously, especially at the onset of a new year.
Five years in the making, “Lost Kingdoms” shows works from the 5th to the 8th century, an era when Hinduism and Buddhism took root in Southeast Asia.
For the first time ever, ancient sculptures from Myanmar are on diplay outside of the once-repressed country. The art is part of an exhibition called "Lost Kingdoms" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Street View users can now visit 100 temples and sculptures around Angkor Wat, via a 360-degree perspective.
“Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten” took a decade to make, but Pirozzi said preservation of Cambodian rock music made details in the film very important.
Cambodian filmmakers grabbed the top two spots of the Tropfest South East Asia in January. The black-and-white silent film, "Rice," by Sothea Ines, won first place. Sothea Ines spoke to Im Sothearith of VOA Khmer by Skype from Phnom Penh.
Almost 40 years after the communist Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia and embarked on a four-year reign of terror and genocide, many of those who survived are finally able to talk about it. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California, home to the largest Cambodian community outside Cambodia.
កម្មវិធីក្នុងសប្តាហ៍នេះមានព័ត៌មានអំពី ពលរដ្ឋខ្មែរអាមេរិកកាំងខ្លះ បន្ថយភាពភ័យរន្ធត់ដែលពួកគេបានទទួលនៅក្នុងរបបខ្មែរក្រហម តាមរយៈការមើលភាពយន្តរឿង«កង្វះរូបភាព»។ ការបង្រៀនគ្រាមភាសាអង់គ្លេសបែបអាមេរិកាំង គឺឃ្លា «see eye to eye» និងបញ្ចប់ដោយឈុតខ្លះនៃរឿង «Need for Speed»៕
The forest of Preah Rorka sits at the confluence of three districts, covering 90,000 hectares, and tribes in the area rely on the forest for their livelihoods.
Many Cambodians like "Kantrim" music from the Khmer-populated area of Surin, in Northeast Thailand. They sing and dance to the music on special occasions, such as parties or New Year's.
The Cambodian music festival will be celebrated at the Ford Theatre of Hollywood on August 3, 2014.
Academy Awards on Sunday night, hoping “The Missing Picture” would win for best foreign film. Disappointment was the word of the day, however, as the award went to the Italian film, “The Great Beauty.”
Despite not winning its own Oscar, “The Missing Picture’s” nomination was a historic first for Cambodians.
Representatives of 17 different groups say the Hoang Anh Gia Lai company, which received funding from the bank’s International Finance Corporation, devastated forest lands affecting up to 2,000 families.
In an exclusive first interview with VOA Khmer at his studio in Montreal, Canada, renowned filmmaker Tea Lim Koun looked back at the Cambodian film industry.
The Cambodian musical documentary “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten,” examines Cambodia’s lost rock and roll.
Unmanned aerial vehicles- known as drones- have been used by the military, but recently one Cambodian film maker is using drones to take his burgeoning production company to new heights. (AP/Phnom Penh)
Cambodian filmmakers grabbed the top two spots of the Tropfest South East Asia last month.
The IFC has invested in the company, Hoang Anh Gia Lai, which the groups say is responsible for damaging their culture, livelihoods, lands, forests and other natural resources.
'The Missing Picture,' by film director Rithy Panh, aims to teach young Cambodians about country's genocidal past.
The Oscar nomination for Cambodian film "L'Image Manquante" ( The Missing Picture) is one that director Rithy Panh on Friday said he was accepting on behalf of the whole country.
Ten years in the making, the documentary Don't Think I've Forgotten shares the stories of the musicians who made this scene.
Rithy Panh told VOA Khmer Thursday that the announcement should encourage other Cambodian artists, filmmakers and actors.
While the newly-appointed minister of Culture and Fine Arts Pheoung Sakona was on stage praising Cambodian filmmakers for their efforts...
Authorities say a golden urn containing Buddha’s hair, teeth and bones was taken from the former city of Udong, in Kandal province, on Dec. 9.
The festival will run from Dec. 7 to Dec. 12 at various venues in Phnom Penh, including Legend Cinema and Platinum Cineplex.
New York Dads Reflect Trend of More Engaged Fatherhood
The International Court of Justice has ruled that part of a disputed patch of land around a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Thai-Cambodian border belongs to Cambodia.
The UN's top court has ruled that the area around an ancient temple on the Thai-Cambodian border belongs to Cambodia.
Cambodian Senior Association President Samnang Wu is one of seven people chosen to receive the Working Woman Award at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Samnang was chosen for her work serving immigrants to America from Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe.
The International Court of Justice is expected to rule over the disputed territories between Cambodia and Thailand surrounding the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple on Nov. 11. While the temple has seen tensions and armed conflicts over the years, another ancient Khmer border temple, Sdok Kok Thom, might serve as an example of how both nations can move beyond the conflicts of the past. John Burgess, a former Washington Post correspondent, has authored a book about the temple tilted “Stories in Stone: The Sdok Kok Thom Inscription and the Enigma of Khmer History.” Burgess tells VOA Khmer’s Soeung Sophat that while these border temples have been the cause of conflict, they can also be a source of shared history and mutual acceptance between Thailand and Cambodia.
Sacred Dancers of Angkor impressed audiences in the US with classical Khmer dance performances in four cities.
Miss Vietnam Embraces both Khmer and Vietnamese Cultures and Values
The Miss Universe 2013 final competition will be held in Moscow on Saturday, November 9th. Miss Truong Thi May is representing Vietnam in the competition.
May says she is proud to tell people that she is half Vietnamese, half Cambodian. Born in Phnom Penh, her Cambodian-Vietnamese father died when she was six years old. She grew up among Khmer Krom residents in Bach Lieu province.
Miss May is trilingual. She speaks English, Vietnamese and Khmer. "My mother always encourages me to speak the Khmer language, to preserve the Cambodian tradition and culture."
During the upcoming Miss Universe 2013 competition, May says she wants to highlight the plight of Vietnamese and Cambodian women who are less fortunate than she is. May says she knows what it's like to be poor and hungry. "I know in both Vietnam and Cambodia, many people are still facing difficulties in their lives. I must help make their voices heard around the world. I understand their sufferings because my family was poor once."
May spoke to the VOA Khmer Service's Reasey Poch via Skype from Moscow.
US government is investigating and preparing repatriation of stolen arts, antiquities and cultural properties to their home countries. Those items included pre-Columbian artworks, human skulls, Egyptians antiquities, Cambodian statues and arts as well as fossils of all kinds. VOA Khmer's Reasey Poch reports from National Press Club, Washington DC.
Cambodia's King Unveils A Statue of His Father
Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamony unveiled his father statue on Friday October 11 near the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, the country capital. Prime Minister Hun Sen and hundreds of government workers, senate and parliament members attended the opening ceremony for newly built statue. (Reuters)
Floods in Cambodia continues to rise and more than 80 people have been reported dead, including 39 children, as flooding along Mekong River provinces continues. Heavy flooding is hitting 12 provinces along the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, as well as Phnom Penh, closing schools and hospitals as well as pagodas where Buddhism ceremonies were not festive and cheerful. VOA Khmer's Kong Sothanarith reports from Kandal province.
More than 80 people have been reported dead, including 39 children, as flooding along Mekong River provinces continues.
Cambodia Town Film Festival co-organizers PraCh Ly and Caylee So are on a tour promoting the festival throughout the US. During their tour on the East Coast, they stopped by the Voice of America studio in Washington, DC. VOA Khmer’s Im Sothearith discusses the festival’s purpose and the organizers’ expectations.