Throughout more than two thousand years of history, Cambodians living along Mekong River have built up rich and diverse culture with distinguished color. Culture of Cambodia is the adaptation of Indian culture, putting influence on Thai and Laos' culture and being influenced vice versa. In the history, Cambodia used to the most important cultural centre in Indochina.
Talking about Cambodia is talking to palatial Angkor Temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. However, during the most glorious time of Khmer Empire, not only holy Angkor Temples were built but also flexible Khmer dance was created and completed. Khmer Dance is the quintessence of Khmer culture which representing Khmer history, cultural traditions and the art of choreographing dance of Khmer people.
Lifestyle of people living along Mekong River has both common traits of Southeast Asia countries and peculiarities of its own. These Cambodians have distinguished ways of working, living and behaving which makes the unique beauty of Cambodia.
People in each country have typical characteristics: Japanese are discreet, Chinese are cautious and Koreans are emotional. Cambodians also have some typical characteristics that make the unique attraction of Cambodia. Generally, Cambodians are gentle, sympathetic and polite.
In these two millennia, Cambodians formed and developed unique Khmer culture under the influence of two factors: Indian culture and long history of habitation along the Mekong River. The golden time of Cambodia was between the 9th and 14th century when Khmer civilization reached its highest.