Phare, the Cambodian Circus

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Timings : 5 PM and 8 PM every day

Time Required : 1 hour

Entry Fee : 18 to 38 USD

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Phare, the Cambodian Circus, Siem Reap Overview

Phare, the Cambodian Circus is located outside the city of Siem Reap in Cambodia. It is a unique circus company which gives performances combining modern arts, theatre, music and dance to tell tales from the various parts of the country. It's more than just a circus performance and is one of the activities worth trying for the tourists exploring Siem Reap to experience and appreciate local folklore and circus arts.

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Phare History & Significance

Phare's artists graduate from Phare Ponleu Selpak, an art and theatre school located in Battambang, which specialises in training Cambodian youth to learn various acts, arts and skills required to become professional circus artists. Established about eight years ago, this institute has produced hundreds of young Cambodian artists, many of whom perform at Phare. More than 500 students give entertaining performances throughout the year on tours within the country. The young circus artists give stunning performances with their intense energy and emotion. 

The shows give a peek to Cambodian folk stories, rare traditions, culture, religion and popular beliefs of the locals which are performed through brilliant story-telling combining modern and traditional dances, themed-music and art forms including acrobats. Tourists can get a chance to see and know about the life of the people in Cambodia, their history and culture.

The tent housing the shows is well built with a modern outlook and comfortable seating arrangements. There is a small restaurant offering various cuisines and drinks at the venue.

How To Reach Phare, the Cambodian Circus

It takes about 30 to 40 minutes to reach Phare from the city centre of Siem Reap. The best way to reach is to hire a Tuk-Tuk for about 7 USD for a round trip that can be shared as well. You can also rent a motorbike for about 8 USD per day to get there.

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