[May 26] Let’s meet the world: Cambodia

Cambodia, officially the Kingdom of Cambodia is a country located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It shares its border with Thailand to the north, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east, and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest. They have official religion, Theravada Buddhism which is practiced by around 95% of the Cambodian. Its climate is tropical – they have rainy monsoon season from May to November and dry season from December to April. Cambodia has a wide variety of plants and animals – 212 mammal species, 536 bird species, 24- reptile species, 850 freshwater fish species, and 435 marine fish species. Much of this biodiversity is contained around Tonle Sap Biospher Reserve which was nominated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997.

Today (May 25), Cambodia hosted their National Pavilion Day at the Yeosu Expo. They directed their celebration stage with their traditional dancing performance. Their traditional dance put Cambodian routine lives.

<Cambodian traditional dance wishing a good harvest for the year>

<Fan dance>

At the Expo site, Cambodia Pavilion was designed based on Angkor Wat, which is the largest Hindu temple complex in the world. Angkor Wat means “city temple.” The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs, and for the numerous devatas adorning its walls. Also, Visitors have loved their fans and rice paddle which are made from palm trees.

<Cambodia Pavilion>

<The real Angkor Wat>