PHARE, The Cambodian Circus in Siem Reap

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: Evening

1 hour   

tour highlights

See the popular Cambodian circus, PHARE
  • Admire incrediblely talented young artists
  • Watch a spectacular performance of music, dance and theater
  • Enjoy Cambodian folklore told through circus arts
  • Learn about Cambodian culture in a unique way

tour details

PHARE, also known as the Cambodian circus, is so much more than just a circus. It was started as a form of art therapy for those from the refugee camps of the Khmer Rouge regime and aims to share skills with the poor, socially deprived and troubled youngsters in Battambang and aid them in earning a decent wage. You’ll be astonished as you witness the energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent of the young artists as they use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories. PHARE will propel you into a world of Cambodian tradition, folk stories, religion and popular beliefs in a modern setting with high-energy and incredibly artistic forms of storytelling. Here, you’ll get a unique insight into Cambodian culture and everyday life told through various art forms.

tour description

Phare Ponleu Selpak Association in Siem Reap Project (PPSASR) is an offshoot project of Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS Association) which translates as "Brightness of the Arts" in English. More than just a circus, the performers of PHARE, the Cambodian Circus use theater, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories. 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 20 years ago by 8 young men coming home from a refugee camp after the Khmer Rouge regime. They were greatly helped by art therapy and wanted to share this new skill among the poor, socially deprived and troubled youngsters in Battambang. Today more than 1,200 pupils attend the public school daily and 500 attend the art schools.
Phare, The Cambodian Circus offers these students and graduates somewhere to hone their skills and a place to earn a decent wage. Some money that will take them out of poverty and give them self-respect and freedom.


Private transportation
All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
English-speaking locally-stationed guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements)
Bottled water and cold towels


    Surcharges for other language guides
    Personal travel insurance
    Personal expenditures such as drinks, souvenirs, gratuities etc.
    Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
      Tour code: REPDSPHA

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