An ordained Buddhist monk who makes no secret of his affinity with Southeast Asia, Leonard Cohen’s performance in Phnom Penh next month marks a poignant return to cultural prominence for a city stripped of its vigor for so long.
The one time ‘Pearl of the Orient’ Phnom Penh is a city that blends an endearing combination of faded grandeur with the chaos of a bustling Asian capital. Set on the banks of the mighty
Mekong, a weekend spent here will no doubt bring with it a sequence of unique moments. Take advantage of the concert to learn more about this vibrant capital and what it has to offer with a cyclo tour showcasing the city’s highlights and more. The performance will be held in Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium, once the most prized arenas in all of Southeast Asia. The distinctive structure is a telling reminder of the capital’s former cultural structure and a rare example of the work of famous Khmer architect, Vann Molyvan.
This will be Cohen’s first performance in the region. With a career spanning over 4 decades, the Canadian songsmith has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a figure whose body of work achieves greater depths as time goes on. This deal includes an overnight stay at the Raffles where a champagne brunch will be served poolside, the perfect way to reflect over a weekend that has bought a cultural icon to the stage of an equally compelling city.
Combine the viewing of this historic concert with a visit to the charity restaurant, Romdeng, our 2-day Mekong Sessions: Phnom Penh deal affords travelers the opportunity to experience cultural and social insights with a sumptuous touch thrown in along the way.
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