Cambodian artist recreates traditional masks for ASEAN summit

STORY: This Cambodian artist creates elaborate masks

that are inspired by the centuries-old tradition of masked dance, Lakhon Khol

Taming Suon is displaying the masks at the Sokha Hotel in Phnom Penh

which is hosting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

(Taming Suon, Artist)

“We placed more than 30 masks for this ASEAN summit exhibition, and there are 25 characters in the Lakhon Khol theater story and you can see them here. My intention for this exhibition is not to sell them, but to show the leaders our Lakhon Khol culture, and I made them in big and small sizes.”

UNESCO lists Lakhon Khol as an intangible cultural heritage

A handful of artists have managed to keep the tradition alive

and are now working to pass it along to a new generation

(Kim Piseth, Customer)

“I buy these masks to put at my house to help promote our cultural heritage, Lakhon Khol, and I want to encourage young artists who have worked hard to make these masks nicely, so our younger generation will not forget about our culture.”