Intangible Heritage

@Department of Performing Arts & Cinema, MoCFA - One Episode of Classical Dance

Cambodia is a country extremely rich in intangible cultural heritage. According to the preliminary inventory of intangible cultural heritage of Cambodia established in 2004, many elements of Cambodia’s rich living heritage are in danger of disappearing due to long-lasting political conflicts, declining number of performers and cultural influences from outside the country. Since ratifying the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2003, the Cambodian government has demonstrated a strong commitment in defining its intangible cultural heritage and preserving it for the future generation. UNESCO World Heritage Committee listed the Royal Ballet in November 2003 and Lkhoan Sbek Thom, the big shadow puppet, in November 2005.

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