The Khmer culture remains a deep source of pride for the Cambodian population. Since 1979, the government has encouraged the re-awakening of art in all its forms by providing financial aid for the restoration of monuments, temples, and other pagodas. At the same time, two new Fine Arts Schools have opened in Phnom Penh. One teaches dance and music, and the other, archaeology and architecture.
Angkor Thom calls witness to the grandeur of the Khmer empire.© Carson Ganci / age fotostock
The majorty of Khmers are of the Buddhist faith.© Josef Mullek / age fotostock
Statues guard the Khmer temples against evil forces.© Josef Mullek / age fotostock
The temple of Bayon was the last to be constructed in Angkor. It is characterised by a group of smiling faces.© Josef Mullek / age fotostock
The statues of Singha at the entrance of the temple are mythological figures which resemble lions.© Top Photo Group / age fotostock