អង្គរសង្ក្រាន (Angkor Songkran) in Siem Reap

Following last year, Angkor Songkran was arranged again this year (2014) in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and even bigger. Khmer New Year is usually celebrated in mid-April every year due to the reason that this time in the past, Khmer people (prefer to farmers) freed themselves out of their harvesting season, so they picked the time to celebrate new year event; and this year it was on 14-16 of April.

This is the year of Horse
This is the year of Horse

Angkor Songkran Event – Angkor Wat to Elephant Terrace

This event did attract so many tourists both national and international to gather and experience Angkor Songkran mainly Khmer New Year celebration at ancient city of Cambodia. The event took place at Angkor area starting from Angkor Wat temple to Elephant Terrace during 13-16 of April. Things shown include Khmer traditional dance and popular games during new year, Bokator (ល្បុក្កតោ) Cambodian martial art, concert, Khmer shows, Khmer product exhibition especially នំអន្សមយក្ស (giant sticky rice cake).

My original plan was going on holiday with my family, but then my friends also went there, so I joined them in the last few days. The day we decided to visit Angkor Songkran event was the day we walked through the crowds and got lost looking for the giant sticky rice cake since we did not know where it was placed.

Pub Street at night

Because it was the special event of the year, there were so many tourists visiting Siem Reap, and every nights during the event, the most crowded area is Pub Street. Concert, dancing, water and beer splashing, powder playing and any fun activities were lived up by the participants and tourists, making Pub Street going wild whole night. My friends and I could barely get a place for dinner, fortunately, we could get one of the best spots at a restaurant’s balcony on the 1st floor to enjoy dinner while being safe from the crowd (not dangerous though, yet we did not want to have a bath again because of powder and beer spreading all over the place, hehe), and feeling excited watching them playing at the ground.

Angkor Songkran is the biggest Khmer New Year event so far, organized in the ancient city of Angkor, Siem Reap. I wonder what will come next for new year in 2015. Patiently waiting and hope you guys join it too🙂


2 thoughts on “អង្គរសង្ក្រាន (Angkor Songkran) in Siem Reap

  1. Hi dear, I really like your pictures here. You’ve done a perfect job for the Picture and information about our country. May you post more picture about Angkor Sangkran or not? Because I have presentation about “Culture ceremony or traditional” in Friday next week. I prefer to present about Khmer New Year, but i can’t find all picture about the traditional games and classical dances. Thank you for advance to share your picture. Please forgive me if i made mistakes with English. My English is not so good.

    1. Hi Sivouch, I’m glad and thankful that you like the pictures. If you want to get more pictures about traditional games and classical dances during Khmer new year, I guess Google can help because the other photos I haven’t posted are mostly about my trip during Angkor Songkran which doesn’t contain much of the traditional games and classical dances. I have found some on Google as I’ve checked like លាក់កន្សែង, ទាញព្រ័ត្រ, លោតបាវ, វាយក្អម, បោះអង្គុញ, របាំត្រុដ etc. I hope it helps your presentation, but if you have anything you want me to help, please let me know. I’ll be pleased to help you as much as I can.

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