National Museum of Cambodia Tour Guide:
Cambodia in its heyday was a region rich in culture and the arts; much of its masterpieces can be still viewed in the National Museum, the largest museum of cultural history in Cambodia and an organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Cambodia’s Khmer riches. As the holder of the largest collection of Khmer art in the world, the National Museum of Cambodia is the best place to introduce oneself to Khmers’ rich artwork and revel in its many wonders.
Artworks on display at the National Museum include sculptures and statues of important divinities of Buddhism and Hinduism, the two main religions practiced in Cambodia. Materials used through the artwork wary from wood and stone to ceramic and bronze; the collections are grouped according to their base materials.
In its permanent collection of the National Museum, see statues such as the 12th-13th century Buddhist Triad, which symbolizes the unification of three different sects of Buddhism; the 12th-century Standing Adorned Buddha statue, and the 7th century Standing Buddha. Check out the 12th Century statue of the renowned King Jayavarman VII; a 7th-century statue depicting a Devi or goddess; and Adorned Buddha, a 15th Century wooden statue of Buddha adorned with lacquered ornaments in the National Museum permanent collection.
Other noteworthy highlights of the National Museum Permanent Collection Exhibits include the Elephant Vessel, an Angkor-era ceramic elephant-shaped lime pot; a remarkable 6th Century sandstone sculpture of Lord Vishnu; Kinnari Box, a 19th Century duck-shaped carved wooden box with the head of a human celestial dancer; and Tep Pranam, a 16th Century Wooden image of a worshipper. In addition to its wide range of permanent collection, the National Museum also features several National and International exhibitions.