Phare Pon­leu Sel­pak wins travel app award

The Phnom Penh Post - - LIFESTYLE - Pann Rethea

BA T T A M B A N G ’ S Phare Pon­leu Sel­pak cir­cus has won the TripAd­vi­sor Cer­tifi­cate of Ex­cel­lence for 2018 af­ter col­lect­ing more than 1,100 re­views, 87 per­cent of which were five-stars, TripAd­vi­sor’s top rank­ing.

The TripAd­vi­sor Cer­tifi­cate of Ex­cel­lence 2018 is awarded to or­gan­i­sa­tions that have re­ceived nu­mer­ous and high-rank­ing re­views from their vis­i­tors over the last 12 months.

“These re­views are mainly talk­ing about the cir­cus, dance and live mu­sic shows per­formed by our stu­dents three to four times a week,” said Mar­ion Seve­nier, the com­mu­ni­ca­tions co­or­di­na­tor for Phare Pon­leu Sel­pak.

“The cir­cus shows per­formed by our stu­dents re­flect the skills they learn while tak­ing classes in our school dur­ing their seven to 10-year cir­cus vo­ca­tional train­ing.

“What is present in all the shows is their en­ergy, en­thu­si­asm, charisma and char­ac­ter as they share uniquely Cam­bo­dian sto­ries from re­cent his­tory, folk­lore or mod­ern so­ci­ety,” she said.

Seve­nier said the mu­sic is live and played by her stu­dents with mod­ern and tra­di­tional in­stru­ments, while each cir­cus show is pre­empted by a tra­di­tional dance per­for­mance as well.

Hence, she said vis­i­tors and tourists that spend an evening in Phare Pon­leu Sel­pak can see the per­form­ing arts stu­dents’ wide range of skills.

Seve­nier said the recog­ni­tion from TripAd­vi­sor will help boost the cir­cus’s vis­i­bil­ity in the coun­try, which would bring more tourists to help sup­port the stu­dents’ train­ing.

Phare Pon­leu Sel­pak is a non­profit arts school started by nine young Cam­bo­di­ans re­turn­ing from refugee camps in Thai­land af­ter the fall of the Kh­mer Rouge.

While in Thai­land, they met a French draw­ing teacher named Veronique De­crop, who worked to help them over­come war trauma through art ther­apy.

The Phare Pon­leu Sel­pak has per­for­mances three to four days a week. All shows are free and ac­ces­si­ble to chil­dren. For more in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing per­for­mance dates go to www.


Cir­cus mem­bers per­form stunts in front of an au­di­ence. The group re­ceived the TripAd­vi­sor Cer­tifi­cate of Ex­cel­lence 2018..


Mem­bers of Bat­tam­bang’s Phare Pon­leu Sel­pak pose for a pic­ture in tra­di­tional cos­tumes.

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