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Phare The Cambodian Circus-Siem Reap

I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I saw posters at my hostel in Siem Reap, Cambodia for this circus when I arrived, but didn’t think much of it. Then later saw on TripAdvisor it was #3 in attractions in Siem Reap right after Angkor Wat itself. The most information I could find on it was that it is kinda like Cirque de Solie, but in never having seen a Cirque du Solie show I still didn’t know what to expect. However it had my curiosity so I Googled the location found it was walking distance from my hostel and I started walking in that direction till I arrived!

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I arrived to find a small circus tent with a ticket booth before it where I purchased my ticket. Tonight’s show was called “Eclipse”. After the booth there is a little café where you can purchase a meal, drink or snacks. So after a beer, the tent was open for seating. It was smaller inside then I expected but I liked it. It made the show much more enjoyable, as it has a more personal experience feeling to it.

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On to the show! It was, simply put, amazing! The people in the show did a tremendous job. I wasn’t sure what to expect but what I got was acrobatics to which I’ve never seen human’s do in person. It was like watching a movie with special effects but these feats were being performed right in front of you, along with fire acts. All while telling you a story of discrimination to which anyone could relate too.

 

I can’t say much about the show other than you really have to experience it first hand to understand how amazing it truly is. Phare also educates Cambodian children, giving them opportunities not only within circus, but music and animation. I really found the show truly amazing and should be a must do on your list of things to do in Siem Reap. The shows are daily at 7:30 and if your time is limited in Siem Reap, I think it would be the perfect way to end a day, after temple hopping at Angkor.

 

Phare is open daily with the show starting at 7:30 PM. For more information visit their website at http://www.pharecambodiancircus.org .

 

Thanks for Reading!

 PS sorry for the lower quality pictures, I only had my cell phone with me when I went.

-Jesse Boily

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