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“A noble way to help preserve Angkor's arts and culture” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Artisans Angkor

Artisans Angkor
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$70.00*
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Private Tour: Siem Reap City Tour Full Day
Ranked #1 of 102 Shopping in Siem Reap
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Artisans Angkor is a Cambodian social business which was originally created to revive Khmer cultural heritage while helping young rural people finding work near their home village.Since its creation at the end of 1990s, Artisans Angkor has strived to provide professional skills to communities with limited educational opportunities and has offered good working conditions and social advantages to its employees. It has now opened 48 workshops in Siem Reap province and it provides employment to over 1100 people, including more than 800 artisans.Over the years, Artisans Angkor has become a real showcase of Khmer workmanship for its silk fabrics and garments, stone and wood carving, lacquer ware, polychrome products, silver plating and silk painting.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Kyoto, Japan
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“A noble way to help preserve Angkor's arts and culture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

Learn much about the techniques of weaving textile, carving wood, bossing silver and painting lacquer among others in this institution established to help preserve the artisanal crafts of Cambodia.Spend an hour or two going through the training rooms where you can see for yourself young men and women being trained in the different artisanal crafts while a guide explains to you the work being done (either in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and German). Entry is free of charge. Drop by the gift shop and buy products of the institute that helps to finance its operations.

Visited January 2014
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“Well worth a visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

Got to watch artists at work crafting beautiful pieces from wood, silk, sandstone, and lacquerware in a workshop setting. There is no charge to tour their workshop, and you can browse their shop brimming with finished products for sale!

Visited January 2014
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Canberra, Australia
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“Unexpected surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2014

This place was never originally on our tour itinerary, so it was a really nice surprise to pop in before heading over to the floating village. We were met at the entrance by a delightful guide who escorted us around the school answering our 101 questions. We had the privilege of observing students working on their respective arts and take photos along the way. Each student specialises in one expertise whether it is stone carving, wood carving, silk painting etc. The work the students create is marked, and if it is not to a retail standard they have to keep working at their painting or sculpture until it is. Most of the works are then sold in the gift store, others are used in the Angkor Archaeological Park restoration which I thought was a great way to give back to the local community/area; which let's be honest, is the big tourist draw card to Siem Reap.

What I really enjoyed about this experience was not only was it free entry with a tour guide to take us around but also we weren't pressured to purchase anything, unlike many other places we had visited in Siem Reap. As it so happens, we did make a purchase as we thought the work was exceptional and a school like this needs to stay in business, but more so we now have a new found respect for the craftsmanship involved in creating these handmade goods.

Visited January 2014
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Perth, Australia
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“Great people and products”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2014

Free tuk tuk from their store in Siem Reap, will take you to their little "factory/workshop" where the products are made (under 10min).

The lady met us at the front entrance and showed us how all the products are made and how much employment is created for the surrounding villagers. Staff were wonderful, all smiling and we were felt welcomed.

Yes, they do take you through to their on site shop to browse, but there is no pressure to buy (I did because I did research prior and roughly knew what I wanted) and you also get a complimentary ice tea.

It was a nice "different" thing to do as opposed to just eating and visiting the temples. The products are very nice, but a more competitive price would earn them 5 stars.

Visited January 2014
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“Pricy, but good quality”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2014

Lovely silk works, plus you can do a silk weaving or silk painting course (at the time of writing they didn't have a silk painting teacher, but they continue to advertise that class, so hopefully they'll find someone soon). A 30 minute tuktuk ride out of town, butinteresting to see the suburbs.

Visited January 2014
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