December 6, 2021

A Cambodian Musical Instrument Registered on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List

Chapei Dang Veng, a Cambodian musical instrument, was inscribed yesterday on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List of UNESCO, according to the UNESCO's press release.

This traditional instrument was listed at the eleventh session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage which took place in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, 2016.

Chapei Dang Veng was inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding with US$238,970 fund to safeguard it, underlined the press release.

In a Facebook post, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen expressed his congratulations to the listing, saying that "this is the success and pride of Cambodia as a whole."

Other Cambodian heritages registered so far on the World Heritage List include the Historic Site of Angkor inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1992, Preah Reach Troap Dance (Royal Ballet) and Lakhon Sbek Thom (big shadow puppet) proclaimed masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity respectively in 2003 and 2005, the 11th-century Preah Vihear Temple listed a World Heritage Site in 2008, and Teanh Prot (tug-of-war), a popular recreational game, named an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2015.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press