What do we want:
- To support preservation, restoration and development of traditional Khmer handicrafts
- To assist those who work for a better life of Khmer people and to help to decrease the poverty in Cambodia
- To create job opportunities
- To offer the business opportunities to those who have the same goals and targets
When the Angkor Night Market has been, there was no night market anywhere in Cambodia. The most of markets in Cambodia offer a mix of goods imported from Vietnam, Thailand and China. Our idea was not only to set up a night market. Since the beginning, we wanted to give an opportunity to the people who want to show the ability of Khmer people to produce their own original handicrafts.
That’s why we encourage sellers who are willing to produce and sell Khmer handicrafts and also help themselves to work for a better life and support their children to get a better education together with teaching them to keep their culture and traditions. Besides that, we also offer a selling space to the NGOs (non government organizations) who support the development of traditional products and handicrafts in Cambodia.
The design concept of the Angkor Night Market, as expressed by its director, is “simple, traditional, and natural’. Almost the entire market has been designed and made using only wood and bamboo. This lends a natural and pleasing aesthetic to the overall feel. The original idea for the market was to follow the construction of traditional Cambodian style villages. A lot of the stalls are accessible on two or more sides and have been constructed in a minimal fashion to create a feeling of openness.
The face of Angkor Night Market is continually changing. At the beginning of 2007 there were 100 stalls only. Currently, we have 167 stalls and going to expand up to 250 stalls. Nevertheless, we always attend to keep quality and originality of sold products.