The Siem Reap cafe preserving and promoting Khmer music heritage

As Cambodia fast earns a reputation as a Kingdom of coffee lovers – with a myriad of coffee shops and vendors mushrooming on street corners nationwide – a cafe is attracting locals and tourists for not only its high quality beverages and food, but also its themed decor transporting patrons back to Cambodia’s 1960s “golden age”. 

Opened in 2017, Siem Reap town’s Wheel Garden Cafe offers a glimpse of a bygone era with its evocative thatched roof, traditional wooden furniture, servers dressed in vintage fashion, a soothing soundtrack of classic Cambodian hits and drawings of its 1960s musical stars. 

Sinn Sisamouth is one such 1950s and ‘60s musical icons featured, along with the glamorous singers Ros Sereysothea and Pan Ron. All were killed at the height of their fame during the Khmer Rouge era in the mid-1970s.

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