Chaktomuk Conference Hall

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Chaktomuk Conference Hall
General information
Architectural styleKhmer architecture
Design and construction
ArchitectVann Molyvann

Chaktomuk Conference Hall (Khmer: សាលសន្និសីទចតុមុខ, French: Salle de conférence Chaktomuk) was designed by Vann Molyvann and completed in 1961, when it hosted the Sixth Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists.[1] The 570-seat auditorium's structure was inspired by an unfolded hand-held fan as Chaktomuk Hall flares out like a hand-held fan. The hall, on the banks of the Tonlé Sap river in Phnom Penh, is still in use as a performance space.[2] Previously known as La Salle de Conférence Chaktomuk, it was earmarked for redevelopment as a restaurant in 1991.[3] However, it was brought back into use as a theatre in 1994 following the devastating fire at the National Theatre. In 2000, the Chaktomouk Conference Hall was completely refurbished, mainly to provide international-standard facilities for conferences.[4] The hall is still in use as a performance space.[5] The hall was completely abandoned during the Khmer Rouge regime. In 1979, the People's Republic of Kampuchea tried the former Khmer Rouge leaders in absentia in the hall. Today it is used to accommodate hundreds of people on occasions such as government conferences and cultural events organized by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts.[3]

This building was constructed built by Les Entreprises Chrun You Hak, which also built the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh.


  1. ^ "Chaktomuk Conference Hall". Vann Molyvann Project. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Chaktomuk Hall". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Chaktomuk Conference Hall". Architectuul. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Chaktomuk Conference Hall - Phnom Penh". Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Chaktomuk Hall". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 June 2012.

Coordinates: 11°33′46″N 104°56′06″E / 11.5627°N 104.9349°E / 11.5627; 104.9349