Khmer Music: the Foundation of Cultural Resources and Conservation

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Noppon Chaiyason


           Cambodia has a long history that passes through many historical events. Cambodian society has always been associated with music from the past, which is used as a tool for social responsibility in various ways and became an important cultural product. Although Cambodia still has many historic wounds, including the loss of art during Cambodia's worst downturn, Cambodian music has returned to its role and is widely popular in today’s society. Also, music has become an effective medium of public relations and social reflection.

           Based on the study, it found that Khmer music can be classified into 2 types: royal court music and folk music. The “Pinpeat” band is a very advanced Cambodian band, which originally performed for the King and the Royal Court, but nowadays it has been played widely in the region. The most popular folk song is "Phleng Kar", a traditional wedding song that has been passed down from generation to generation. Khmer music has become an important resource in Cambodia's efforts to establish cultural identity after past security impacts that caused an era of societal and cultural depression. Cambodia currently uses art as a medium to convey their stories to the world. The policy of arts and culture has been applied in the development of the country. In terms of cultural products, Khmer folk music is transmitted through ancient dances through various advertising media outlets. The Cambodian government has given importance to art as a national heritage, although they still lack the funding to support it. As the result, the private sector took part in the preservation and promotion of the arts to be recognized by the world.

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Chaiyason, N. (2021). Khmer Music: the Foundation of Cultural Resources and Conservation. Journal of Cultural Approach, 22(41), 43–57. Retrieved from
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