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“Well worth the visit...”

Sovannaphum Theatre
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: To explore Khmer culture through exclusive collection of travel experiences - learn Cambodian traditional arts, visit the shadow puppet show. The Sovanna Phum offers the best interaction with the culture and people of a place. To experience where the local backdrop retains its integrity and originality and discover a side of the city you never knew, available only through the forgotten Sovanna Phum. Sovanna Phum works with many struggling craftsmen and artisan with whom we structure a course together to teach the world about their traditional craft. Be it at their home or their workshops, we offer our guests access to a 'behind the scenes' experience that is often overlooked. This is the real culture, the real people, the real experience.
Scottsdale, Arizona
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“Well worth the visit...”
Reviewed 27 April 2013

It was wonderful to see the interest being taken by the younger generation in preserving the traditional arts of Cambodia. My 11-year-old was enthralled by the dancing/drama. The music was the best i'd heard while in Cambodia. A treat and a must. Take some mosquito repellant along to ensure your enjoyment!

Visited March 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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“Interesting and enjoyable performance”
Reviewed 25 February 2013

There was not puppet performance on the night I visited. Instead they performed drums and monkey dance. But this was interesting too. Performers as monkeys mixed with audience and they made very good imitation of the behavior of monkeys. Drum performance was a traditional one with some modern elements added. Good show.

Visited February 2013
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Wangary
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“Love the drumming show”
Reviewed 11 January 2013

This little treasure is not too hard to find if a tuk tuk or moto driver is diligent. Street 99 is parallel to Monivong and not far past Rock Nightclub (can't miss that) on the right.
The performers are talented and enthusiastic and create a wonderful atmosphere. Had us all entranced. It's a quaint performance space however they may need to shift soon. Catch it while you can.

Visited January 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Wonderful traditional theatre”
Reviewed 1 November 2012

This is a somewhat out of the way theater but well worth a visit. There are performances every Friday and Saturday night from 7:30 till 8:30pm. Check the website for their program. I've seen classical dance, large shadow puppet theater & the small shadow puppets. The performers are graduates of the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, and they're first rate. Admission is only US$5. The building is basically open on 3 sides but it has a good roof so rain is no problem at all. (There was the odd animal wandering through.)
Don't confuse this theater with the Sovanna Shopping Mall, which is in a completely different location.

Visited September 2012
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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“the "upmarket" mall in PPH”
Reviewed 5 May 2012

has a lucky supermarket, a few floors of clothes and fast food restaurants, lifts, escalators and aircon. unlike city mall, which is the town's white elephant, sovanna is usually busy, especially on theweekend, and a favourite with expats of all stripes. don't expect ion orchard, but ok for an hour or two retail therapy.

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