Phare Ponleu Selpak
Phare Ponleu Selpak information
Battambang's signature attraction is the internationally acclaimed circus of Phare Ponleu Selpak, a multi-arts centre for disadvantaged children. Although they also run shows in Siem Reap, it's worth timing your visit to Battambang to watch this amazing spectacle where it began. Performances are at 7pm on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, with a Friday show added between November to February.
To get here from the Vishnu Roundabout on NH5, head west for 900m, then turn right and continue another 600m.
Phare, as it's known to locals, does a ton of stuff – contrary to popular belief it is not just a circus. It trains musicians, visual artists and performing artists as well. Many of the artists you'll bump into around town, such as Ke of Choco l'art Cafe fame, lived and studied at Phare. Guests are welcome to take a guided tour of the Phare complex during the day and observe circus, dance, music, drawing and graphic arts classes. This is definitely five dollars well-spent.