Hundreds of booths holding beautifully handcrafted gifts could be purchased at the heritage festival in the Chaktomuk hall of Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 14 – 16 October, 2016. These products showcased the incredible variety of the Cambodian traditional arts.

The exhibition aimed to initiate locals and tourists to traditional Cambodian art forms such as shadow boxing theater, masked-dance and archery. Visitors could also enjoy music and appreciate beautiful instruments such as drums, flutes or the Tro – a high-pitched two-string vertical fiddle, with face-covered snake skin.

“Our products will help local communities since the sale revenues will benefit more than 100 orphans and disabled producers living in our center,” said Veary Soun, general manager of Phaly Craft.

The exhibition was held for three days and thousands of visitors supported this free festival. Funds raised during the event were donated to Kantha Bopha, a hospital which provides services free of charge to children in the Siem Reap province.

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About the author – Leanghort Sok

Leanghort Leanghort Sok (Vephea) is a Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholar. He got a full scholarship for Master of Arts in International Journalism Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2015.

He is currently a Sales Coordinator for Export Assistance Program Cambodia, undertaking a one year extended internship as part of the Work Integrated Learning program of the Hinrich Foundation. His internship will help better prepare him for a trade-related career in Cambodia after graduation.

Formerly a News Reporter for Cambodian News Channel (CNC TV), Leanghort also worked as a staff member at the Cambodian Mekong Bank.