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Sovanna Phum

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Address: 166, Street 99 | Phsar Doeum Thkov Commune, Chamkar Mon District, Phnom Penh 12000, Cambodia
Phone Number:
+023 987 564
08:00 - 20:00
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Mon - Sat 08:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

To explore Khmer culture through exclusive collection of travel experiences...

To explore Khmer culture through exclusive collection of travel experiences - learn Cambodian traditional arts, visit the shadow puppet show. The Sovanna Phum offers the best interaction with the culture and people of a place. To experience where the local backdrop retains its integrity and originality and discover a side of the city you never knew, available only through the forgotten Sovanna Phum. Sovanna Phum works with many struggling craftsmen and artisan with whom we structure a course together to teach the world about their traditional craft. Be it at their home or their workshops, we offer our guests access to a 'behind the scenes' experience that is often overlooked. This is the real culture, the real people, the real experience.

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Sovanna Phum Shadow Art and Cultural Performance in Phnom Penh
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Great Show for Adults and for Kids!

I went there with a Cambodian friend and we both enjoyed the show. We went early to get first row seats.... There wasn't a crowd but to watch the space becoming a theatre and the... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2017
Martin F
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

I went there with a Cambodian friend and we both enjoyed the show. We went early to get first row seats.... There wasn't a crowd but to watch the space becoming a theatre and the training of the apprentice shadow puppet players was a great experience. The show is rough on the edges and very real... you meet the players... More 

Thank Martin F
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Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

I took shadow puppet and dance classes here for 11 days while I was in Phnom Pehn. I would highly recommend it, my dance classes were great and lots of fun, and making the shadow puppets was rewarding and the Staff and artists could not have been sweeter. These are people who make art because they love it, even though... More 

Thank Harrison G
falls church, United States
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

I found this event on Trip Advisor and am so glad that I took the time to travel to the theater on a Friday night. It was as mentioned a bit far by tuk tuk but had the driver stay as recommended for the 1 hour duration of the performance. It actually started at 7 and not 7:30 as the... More 

Thank Stephanie P
Hobart, Australia
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Reviewed 19 December 2016

A wonderful experience with performances by local people keeping alive traditional arts. It's been a different performance each time I have been, sometimes focus on puppets, sometimes dance, always music accompaniment. Something for everyone.

Thank vjh505
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

A fun show, worth the trek to find it. My hotel and tuk tuk driver had not heard of the place before, but we managed thanks to google maps :) the center supports local artists and is a great cultural attraction. Worth the ticket price and the tuk tuk too, I really enjoyed it. The story is all in Khmer... More 

Thank TahitiVonR
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Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

The best to get this experience ! This is the one of top Khmer traditional show. Everything is so nice in Khmer traditional style. Recommend for this activity!

Thank Phahuor M
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Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Just so good! It's worth spending both time and money. A place where take you to the ancient world of Khmer culture with the shadow and rhyme of Khmer music.

Thank Sonyta M
Palo Alto, California
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Reviewed 1 July 2016

We have taken friends to the shadow puppet show and dance at Sovanna Phum on two different occasions when we've been in Cambodia. It's a small outdoor venue where you'll be part of an intimate audience of both Cambodian families and international tourists. Show lasts about 1 hour. The performers are dancing their hearts out, keeping alive this ancient tradition... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Nice cultural experience in Phnom Penh, but a lot of locals don't know where it is. the street it is located on is pretty quiet, so if you came via tuk-tuk it's best to just pay/ask them to wait for you. Shows run from 7:30-8:30 on Friday and Saturday nights, and you can choose where you sit. $10 ticket comes... More 

Thank anjelloe9
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Reviewed 14 April 2016

Absolute must-see while in Phnom Penh. Live music and innovative, creative shows. You could easily come more than once in a month as the shows change regularly. A fantastic blend of traditional arts and contemporary touches and humour that reveal the heart that goes into creating such wonderful performances. The large panel shadow puppets and dance are particularly wonderful. A... More 

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