Monday, January 16, 2017

Reminiscing Siem Reap: Smile of Angkor

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Siem Reap again. Wishing to experience more of Cambodian cultures, Di, Rai, Yani, and I welcomed Sadam's recommendation to watch Smile of Angkor. Yes, Sadam, the first local we interacted with upon exiting Siem Reap International Airport, brought us to the grand theater a day later. The view from the tuk-tuk fascinated us; along the way, the locals picnicked at both sides of the road, enjoying the time with loved ones as the sun beautifully set.

The magic continued when the show began. Commercialised, but there were more aspects that made Smile of Angkor aesthetic. Facts and folk tales were gracefully interwoven with classic dances, namely apsara dance, peacock dance, and shiva dance, and traditional martial art, bokator. Having visited Angkor Archaeological Park and acquired the history of ancient Khmer, we were able to further appreciate the whole performance.

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