March 24, 2023

Archaeologist Shows Cambodian Martial Art Sculptures at Khmer Temples

A well-rounded archaeologist of the APSARA National Authority has unveiled Cambodian martial art bas-relief sculptures at temples at Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap province.

The archaeologist Mr. Phoeung Dara said that some Cambodian martial art bas-relief sculptures are related to Kun Khmer, wrestling and Lbokator.

Those sculptures are found at many temples, including Ta Prohm, Bayon, Angkor Wat, Banteay Samre, Preah Khan, and Prei Temples.

Mr. Phoeung Dara explained that most of the Khmer martial arts were carved into small sculptures on the lower part of the temples.

On the southern platform of Ta Prohm’s Dance Hall, about eight sculptures are carved in a row, with hugs, kneeling, warming muscles, and watering.

At Ta Prohm Temple, there is a sculpture where two people use knee kicks in Kun Khmer, he added.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press