Angkor Adventures Part 2 – Artisans d’Angkor


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Our first destination was this carvings school called Artisans d’Angkor. This is the place where Cambodians are given hands on training to produce fine arts and crafts which are later sold to public.

The Chantiers-Écoles de formation professionnelle, a professional training school, was founded to help young Cambodians rediscover traditional handicrafts and give them the opportunity to take part in the rebuilding process their country had undertaken. The CEFP is a public institution which was established in response to an urgent need to train disadvantaged young people with little formal education, living for the most part in rural areas, and offer them a job entry program.

Artisans d’Angkor was established as a natural offshoot of the Chantiers-Écoles project as a school-to-work transition for the young craftsmen that had been trained. The skilled artisans could thus be organized into a self-sustaining handicraft network. [Source]

Basically, we were ushered into different production rooms to witness how each craft was made.

Artisans d Angkor
Explaining how these sand stones are turned into beautiful fine crafts

Artisans d Angkor
To make it looks shiny, only bare hands can be used to rub

Oil Painting
Oil painting section

Most of the workers in oil painting section are deaf-mute. Artisans d’Angkor is certainly doing the right thing by providing necessary training to underprivileged people so that they can sustain themselves in the future. By doing that too, it is hoped that there will be more organizations and investors to come forward and help these people too.

Artisans d Angkor
Painting in progress…

And you won’t believe your eyes how detailed these crafts actually look.

Artisans d Angkor
Giving a fresh coat of paint to the lacquer ware

Artisans d Angkor
Wood carving in progress

The visit was quite fast but meaningful. We visited the crafts-selling center but did not buy any of them because we were on budget constraint. We took some photos around and probably hang around for another 15 minutes before we left.

Artisans d Angkor

Artisans d Angkor

Next up… spooky and eerie encounter at The Killing Fields Memorial.

More photos:

Siem Reap Day 1: Artisans d’Angkor


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A travel addict and food junkie. When he is not traveling, he loves penning his thoughts on his latest adventures, whether food, places or anything that fascinates him. His travelogues often include intriguing photos that capture the moments as he believes a photo speaks thousand words.


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  2. p_chen82Oct 16, 07

    The workers there are skillful and some of them can do freehand sketching.


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