Contemporary Arts & Culture of Battambang
Contemporary Arts &
Culture of Battambang
Discover the contemporary art and ancient architecture of Battambang, a colonial
city with a burgeoning arts scene. View exquisite temple murals and explore
art galleries by remork to meet emerging artists and curators.
WHY THIS TOUR?
At the core of Battambang’s charm lies a network of charming old French shophouses clustered along the riverbanks. Founded in the 11th century, this former capital of the once powerful Monton Kmer is located along the small Sangker River and it is surrounded by verdant rice fields. The peaceful city is home to some beautiful temples, heritage buildings and well-preserved architecture dating back to the French occupation.
In the last decade, Battambang has blossomed into an impressive arts hub as students and graduates from local art schools open up contemporary art spaces. An ever-growing movement of artists, painters and sculptors are settling themselves in the city and expanding their presence through the abundant galleries, boutiques, cafes and bars.
08:00 - 18:00
In the morning, the driver and guide will collect you from the hotel and take you out of Battambang in the direction of one of the city’s most cherished temples. The 11th century Wat Ek Phnom is home to a number of monks who are housed in a nearby modern monastery. The huge Buddha image, the lily ponds and the peaceful location make this a popular place for locals. The pagoda contains a beautiful collection of exquisite murals and ceiling paintings.
After enjoying a local lunch at a Battambang restaurant, the afternoon is reserved for exploring the artistic side of the city. Your means of transport will be a remork, a Cambodian tuk-tuk which is pulled by a motorbike and is one of the best ways to navigate the city streets.
Your driver and guide will take you to various galleries to witness the burgeoning art scene. At a leading gallery there will be a presentation from the curator. At a local studio, you can watch a fabulous movie screening made by Khmer artists. In Tep Kao Sol, owned by eccentric Cambodian artist Loeum Lorn, you can view photographs of his unusual art works made from melting coloured ice.
Throughout the afternoon, you will gain an insight into the creative thoughts and processes of the residing artists and also learn what attracts them to this sleepy and charming city.
At the end of the tour, the driver will take you back to the hotel.