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Apsara Dance in Siem Riep

Apsara dance

Apsara – art of the Cambodian royal dance was recognized by UNESSCO as the intangible cultural heritage of the world. That is the dance which any visitor can not miss to enjoy while traveling to Cambodia.

Apsara dance

Apsara dance

Apsara dance is derived from the character Apsara in Hindu lore who are fairies dancing for the gods. The images of dancing girls Apsara was depicted on the walls of the oldest temples in Cambodia oldest temples like Angkor.

Apsara dance was depicted on the walls of Angkor

Apsara dance was depicted on the walls of Angkor

Apsara is the classical dance, known as its quiet elegance, nobility, with the gentle gestures. When performing, the apsara dancers put on glittering silk tunics weighing about 10kg and tightening the body. Then they dance slowly with harmonious movements in “pinpeat” music. Indochina travel Cambodia

The dancers put on glittering silk tunics when performing

The dancers put on glittering silk tunics when performing

To dance Apsara, the dancers must be in good shape, not too fat that is to fit in the costume. This dance also requires tenaciousness and flexibility of the dancers. They should practice a lots to perform skillful and perfectly.  Because Apsara looks light and simple but it is truly difficult to dance.

The performers must be tenacious and flexible in the dance

The performers must be tenacious and flexible in the dance

Apsara has been regarded as soul of Cambodian. Travelling to Cambodia, guests can enjoy this dance at almost all restaurants or hotels.

Thanks to the Apsara dance, Cambodians want to express a desire for a peaceful and prosperity life as well as a praise for the beauty of the country, divine and merit of the ancients.

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