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Apsara dances

Apsara dances

The walls of Angkor Wat are adorned with bas-reliefs of beautiful Apsara dancers, and this ancient indigenous dance form is still popular today.

Cambodia's premiere performing art form is the Khmer classical dance, or Robam Preah Reach Trop. This is a highly stylized dance form originating from the royal courts. Performances of classical dance consists of elaborately costumed dancers and music played by a pinpeat ensemble. It is performed for invocation of deities and spirits as well as to pay homage to royalty and guests. In the mid-20th century it was introduced to the general public and became widely celebrated as iconic of Cambodian culture, often being performed during public events, holidays, and for tourists visiting Cambodia. Two of the most performed classical dance are the Robam Chuon Por ("Wishing dance") and the Robam Tep Apsara ("Apsara dance").

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Apsara dances

located in Siem Reap

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