New Theatre Opens In Siem Reap


The Angkor Grand Theatre, part of a $15-million project known as the Angkor Dynasty Entertainment Center, opened its doors to the public last Wednesday in Siem Reap.

Masked performers enact a scene from a rendition of traditional Khmer dance form Lakhon Khol. KHMER TIMES / SUPPLIED

Hailed as the most modern, multi-function theatre in Southeast Asia, the new facility boasts an area of 6,000 square metres capable of accommodating an audience of more than 1,200 people. Developed by Canadia Integrated Enterprise Group and Ca Heng International, the theatre sits inside the Angkor Dynasty Entertainment Center, a multipurpose space that also features a commercial and entertainment zone, a water park and a food court.

Kheav Se, the chairman of Canadia Group and Ca Heng International, said during the opening ceremony that the theatre will see local artists stage plays that will showcase the cultural richness and historical importance of the Kingdom. He added that the project had been possible due to the close collaboration of Cambodian and Chinese public and private institutions.

“The project will bring added value to Siem Reap’s tourism sector and will diversify our tourism offer, bringing more visitors to the province,” he said, adding that the project will boost the image and reputation of the city at an international scale and improve living standards for locals.

Moun Sopheap, the culture and fine arts director for the province of Siem Reap, said the investment on the entertainment space will enrich the city’s cultural life. “I strongly support this investment. Having a world-class theatre will create many jobs for Cambodians and increase Siem Reap’s appeal as a tourist destination,” he said.

This article was originally published in the Khmer Times.

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