via Phnom Penh Post, 30 November 2023: A year after Kun Lbokator’s inscription on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list, there is a growing awareness and national pride in this ancient Cambodian martial art. Originating from the Khmer Empire and showcased in temple carvings like those at Bayon Temple, Kun Lbokator represents a significant cultural heritage. The recognition has boosted efforts to preserve this art form, which is deeply rooted in Cambodian history and society.
Sambo Manara, a Khmer history professor, said on November 29 that the decision to inscribe Kun Lbokator on the list was a huge success and a source of national pride. Kun Lbokator’s inclusion also demonstrates the efforts that the government and all relevant parties are making to promote the Kingdom’s national cultural heritage.
“One year after being inscribed, we have witnessed strong evolutionary progress by Kun Lbokator. I am so excited to see the leadership and relevant institutions celebrating our cultural heritage together. It shows the new friendship and solidarity that leads all members of Khmer society to value each other,” he added.
Manara explained that through research of the evidence of Kun Lbokator’s history which is carved on the walls of the Kingdom’s temples – most notably Bayon Temple in Siem Reap province – it can be seen that the martial art has been present across the Kingdom since the ancient Angkorian era.