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October 17, 2009

Siem Reap - Apsara dance

Princess Cheryl's thought of the day:- Happy Deepavali!! Tomorrow we're going to our Indian friend's house for a feassst~

Apsara Dance is a form of Khmer Classical Dance, a Cambodia Royal Ballet which is widely seen around Cambodia. Apsara Dance is known as Robam Tep Apsara (in Khmer language), particularly inspired by the style from around one thousand Apsara statues in Angkor Wat.

Apsara on the walls of Angkor Palace Resort & Spa

We were entertained by a group of Apsara dancers before the welcoming dinner of QIC Regional Semi-Finals. Scroll down the pictures for a quick glance of Apsara dance movements. I did not captured any video because I was quite in a mess after the interactive games for deciding sequence of presentation the next day. In one of the rounds, both my high heels were lended for fulfilling the actions on stage. Then I stood bare footed on the soil for 10 minutes...

If you notice, the costume for performing an Apsara dance is not simple at all, the dancers have to prepare the items below --

  • Crown (Mekot)
  • Apsara Blouse and Skirt
  • Decorative Papaya Flowers (Lbak Pka Somyong)
  • Flowers Worn on Ears and Dangling Earrings
  • Collar (Sarong Kor)
  • Belt and Wrist Jewelry (Gong Dai)
  • Ankle Jewelry (Gong Cheung)
  • Sangva and Golden Flower

Indeed, it's not just a dance but a symbol of the Khmers, just like our Lion Dance, or tarian Mak Yong, or the Balinese Kecak Dance.

Meanwhile, I was doing my own Apsara Dance in the afternoon too... =p


Nice pictures. I hope to go there soon during my holiday breaks! :)

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