Sounds of Angkor

SOUNDS OF ANGKOR is dedicated to the ancient and traditional music and dance of Cambodia. It is an invitation to discover 2500 years of religious and secular music. This website is the result of the independent research of French ethnomusicologist Patrick Kersalé, which began in 1998 and continues on a daily basis. It represents the most important international database on the ancient music of Cambodia. It does not contain any advertising and does not depend on any donor who could influence the results of the research.


Donation of the Royal Harp, created by Sounds of Angkor, to His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, by Phloeun Prim, Director of Cambodian Living Arts


1. All images can be enlarged by simple click.

2. To listen to the pronunciation of words belonging to foreign languages, copy them into Google translate and click on the speaker.

3. The French version is regularly updated and therefore more complete than the English one. If in doubt, use it by clicking on the French flag and do a translation by copying the page address into Google Translate.

4. For dating, we use CE (Common Era) instead of AD, and BCE (Before Common Era) for BC.

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A scientific research project

Sounds of Angkor is a scientific research project launched in 1998. It is based on several themes:

  • A classical research project in the field
  • An experimental archaeomusicology project including workshops for reconstructing missing Angkorian instruments and a musical experimentation laboratory set up by the Sounds of Angkor troupe based in Siem Reap
  • Lectures in Europe and Asia for students, academics, scientists, English and French
  • English and French-speaking guides for expert visits to the Angkorian sites of Siem Reap
  • Communication tools for the general public and researchers: the present site (88 in English, 140 pages in French), the YouTube channel TUK-TUK.TV
  • Specific research projects: Chapei Dang Veng and Bronze Drums
  • An educational project in French: DVDs published and distributed in French-speaking countries by Editions Lugdivine
  • A music school based in Siem Reap specializing in the teaching of ancient musical instruments: harp, monochord zither, lute, kantoam ming ensemble
  • A permanent exhibition of rebuilt instruments at Theam's Gallery in Siem Reap. 

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