Phnom Penh magazine Wapatoa is winning over the youth of Cambodia, pulling eyes away from Facebook feeds through engaging content in the Khmer language
Down an unassuming alley in Phnom Penh, two women lie sprawled on a cushioned floor, eyes glued to the laptops blinking in front of them as they train their new intern. Scattered around the room is a treasure trove of books, artworks, photographs and newspaper clippings showcasing the work of the Cambodians who share this colourful and homey community space.
This is the makeshift office of Phnom Penh’s newest Khmer language digital magazine, Wapatoa, launched in March to an enthusiastic response that took its creators by surprise.
“Wapatoa is basically a website that is dedicated to answering what makes life more meaningful,” says Sokcheng Seang, 23, who co-founded the magazine with 30-year-old Alix Feschotte from France. Targeted specifically at young Cambodians, Wapatoa – ‘culture’ in Khmer – features everything from think pieces and profiles of up-and-coming Cambodian artists to ‘life hacks’.