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The night scene at Siem Reap is as happening as most tourist spots in South East Asia! The Pub Street is what its name says... this street is filled with pubs! With fancy names like Aha, Angkor What? Bar, Linga Bar, Miss Wong and X Bar, party animals are spoilt for choice!

Come night time, the street comes alive with neon lights and lit signboards of competing clubs and pubs. Most are filled to the full during peak season. One of the popular joints, Temple Club offers free apsara shows. It is no wonder this club is a hot favourite with the crowd. Upstairs host the apsara performances while downstairs provide pool tables.

Just a stone throw away from Siem Reap's Old Market and Pub Street is the showcase workshop of Artisans d'Angkor. Visitors are given the opportunity to witness first hand the work of various craftsmen and women who had been trained and given jobs by Artisans d'Angkor. Under their 6-month training program, rural youths are given the opportunity to learn either the art of stone carving, wood carving, lacquering, silk weaving or silver plating.

Their social policy of training disadvantaged rural youths to lift their families from poverty, in turn rebuilds the local economy. It also has the benefit of reviving the age-old Angkorian craftmanship which was widely utilized in the ancient times to build Angkor's many cities and temples. Artisans d'Angkor has thus far opened 42 workshops in the Siem Reap province, providing employment to over 1300 locals, of which more than 900 are trained artisans.

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This image was taken at the Artisans d'Angkor showcase workshop near the Old Market and Pub Street in Siem Reap. Tools were scattered all over the work table and there was a piece of carving serving as a model. Looks like a dancing apsara.

Artisans d'Angkor was set up by Chantiers-Écoles de Formation Professionnelle (CEFP), a local French NGO in 1998. The objective was to revive the Angkorian skills which brought about the fine handiwork in the ancient city of Angkor and to provide jobs by giving training to the disadvantaged rural youths. Trainees were granted six months specialized training before given jobs which they could earn a living in the 42 workshops in the Siem Reap province.

For more info on Artisans d'Angkor, click here

For more info on Artisans d'Angkor, click here

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