Cambodia's art tradition stretches back centuries to ancient crafts. Traditional Cambodian arts and crafts include textiles, non-textile weaving, silversmith work, stone carving, lacquerware, ceramics, wat murals, and kite-making.
Cambodia's tradition of contemporary arts, including drawing, painting, and sculpture have experienced a renaissance in Siem Reap. Some artists follow colonial traditions to produce traditional Khmer art. Most recently, many young artists have presented a modern Khmer art form that combines elements from Khmer art with Western modernism.
Angkorian-era Art: For an introduction to the history of the Khmer Empire and to view incredible hadcrafted pieces, be sure to visit The Angkor National Museum... our favorite exhibit is the gallery of One Thousand Buddha's. The museum is 2 minutes away from
Le Méridien Angkor.
Traditional Art: For a taste of traditional art and to experience the skills of the local Cambodia artists, visit Artisans d'Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles where you will find local stone carvings, prints, and handmade silks. Artisans d'Angkor, also known as the Siem Reap Silk Farm, houses a professional training school, which guests are welcome to visit. The training school was founded to help young Cambodians rediscover traditional handicrafts and give them the opportunity to take part in the rebuilding process their country had undertaken.
Contemporary Art: A growing contemporary art scene is now taking roots in Siem Reap. For fine art photography exhibitions, we invite you to the MacDermott Gallery in the old market area. The Gallery houses rotating exhibits by some of Asia's newest photographers, alongside a permanent collection of works by American photographer John MacDermott. He is the preeminent art photographer of the Temples of Angkor, his work on the subject is also exhibited in a permanent collection at The National Museum in Cambodia's Capital, Phnom Penh.