- 3 hour kite making and flying class
- Free WiFi
- Kids Friendly (Age 12+)
- Free parking on premises
- Transportation to and from the workshop
- A translator to help facilitate language barriers
WHAT TO EXPECT
The word for kite in Khmer is “kleng” which can be more directly translated into meaning bird. Kite flying is a traditional part of Cambodian culture and ties into celebrated religious beliefs.
People have ancient beliefs that kites have to do with magic or secret powers. Some fly kites for freedom, happiness and peace. The tradition of kite flying was set primarily for entertainment as well as for the image of beliefs. In history, the kite flying ceremony was one of the royal "ceremonies of the twelve months.” Unfortunately, Cambodia was in bitter war for over two decades and the war not only killed millions, but destroyed much cultural property. The first kite events after the war were held in Phnom Penh on in December of 1994.
Now, every year in Cambodia, kite flying competitions are celebrated during the November and December months when the rains are gone and the winds are strong. Cambodians usually fly kites during the dry season because there is more wind and it’s also harvest season, so people like to fly them on farms or in fields. But you can join your host any time of the year to make your very own kite!
Be aware -- these are not your average kites! Cambodian kites are traditionally larger (like large birds!) and usually need to be flown by at least 2-3 people. Traditional and unique, you’ll have the opportunity to design your very own Cambodian kite to fly high in the skies above.
In this class, you’ll be taught by a master kite flyer, Mr. Lim Sary. Lim has a team with which he frequently travels to other provinces to take part in kite flying competitions. He has spent his entire life dedicated to the making of Khmer kites and he wants all Khmer people to remember about their culture and roots. He also thinks it’s important to teach tourists about this Khmer tradition to spread the knowledge of this wonderful cultural pastime. He loves to show others the beauty of his craft and help spread his love of kite flying to everyone he meets.
Travelers should note that these kites you’ll be making are rather large, so please keep that in mind if you are traveling by plane, etc. You can always enjoy a day of kite making and flying and then hand off your creation to a local to enjoy! No matter what, you’re sure to have an incredible time watching your colorful creation soar high above in the Cambodian skies.
Exact meeting details will be sent to your email upon completion of payment.
Daily, including weekends