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“Amazing Circus Experience!”

Phare, The Cambodian Circus
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Phare, The Cambodian Circus "Amazing vibe & energy, transforming the lives of Cambodian youth" Experience Siem Reap's most unique, authentic top rated (TripAdvisor & Lonely Planet) evening entertainment. More than just a circus, Phare, the Cambodian Circus performers use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent. Phare artists are students and graduates from Phare Ponleu Selpak's vocational training centre in Battambang. The association was formed in 1994 by 9 young men coming home from a refugee camp after the Khmer Rouge regime. They were greatly helped during that time by an art teacher using drawing classes as therapy and wanted to share this new skill among the poor, socially deprived and troubled youngsters in Battambang. They founded an art school and public school followed to offer free education. A music school and theatre school were next and finally, for the kids who wanted more, the circus school. Today more than 1,200 pupils attend the public school daily and 500 attend the alternative schools. Phare Ponleu Selpak also has extensive outreach programs, trying to help with the problems highlighted in their own tales. Phare The Cambodian Circus offers these students and graduates somewhere to hone their skills and a place to earn a decent wage. Money that will take them out of poverty and give them self-respect and freedom.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an amazing experience for our one night in Cambodia and we had the dinner which was delicious!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to Siem Reap several times and each time I'm there I would not miss going to Phare, The Cambodian Circus. There are different shows each time and I don't get bored at all as the show was amazing and entertaining.
If you're going during the peak season, best to purchase your tickets earlier.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here in a large group on our last night in Siem Reap. The show is amateur compared to similar circuses one has seen else where and yet it is honest and the performers are brimming with energy . It was an hour well spent and one is glad to see such an effort being made to lift the local children out of poverty . Kudos to the team. Keep up the great work!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great family entertainment by extremely talented young people. Its in an outdoor tent, but even on a warm, rainy night it was comfortable. I highly recommend

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An amazing night, these performers are absolutely incredible. A must see when you’re in Siem Reap! I can’t recommend it enough!

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