Chaktomuk Conference Hall

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

The Chaktomuk Conference Hall (Khmer: សាលសន្និសីទចតុមុខ, French: Salle de conférence Chaktomuk) is a theater located in the capital city of Cambodia.The fan shaped hall is one of the most iconic works of famous Khmer architecture Vann Molyvann and opened in 1961 as La Salle de Conference Chaktomuk. Mainly used for the purpose of conducting ceremonies for foreign governors, the hall is a designed concrete structure which radiates in a fan shape referencing a palm leaf. The design combines traditional building elements (Khmer architecture) with a modern structure. Most of the events that take place in the hall are performance art and meetings of high class like royalties and presidents.


Chaktomuk Conference Hall in 1961

In 1961, Chaktomuk Conference Hall was originally opened as La Salle de Conference Chaktomuk. Many important government meetings would, at a majority take place in this very hall for conference purposes. Later on, 1991 this hall designated for redevelopment as a restaurant. With a great view of the Tonle Sap river, the customers had a great review. After a harmful yet devastating fire took place at the hall, it partly destroyed the hall that ruined the structure.[1]

The Chaktomuk Conference Hall in Phnom Penh has undergone several changes and was completely remodeled in the year 2000 mainly to provide international standard facilities for conferences, seminars and lectures. But because of the flexible design, Chaktomuk Conference Hall, Phnom Penh is used as a theater hall only for special programs and concerts organized by Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts in Cambodia.



The hall use demented of traditional Khmer design with modern structural. The design behind this structure was created by Vann Molyvann a well-known architect for his work.

To bring out the culture he was raised in, the building was made out of concrete structure radiating in a fan references a palm leaf. The location was also a set back to the hall with a 270-degree view that can see the full views of the 4 rivers cross together forming a tributary to the spectacular view. It idea also included incorporating bio-climate features.[2]


During the construction of the hall, the concept as it could put around nearly an average of 850 people. It was designed to have an extended features to open space form the group that functioned as a multi-purpose area. Ventilation is one of the most important feature every building would possess, which is why it was also provided from the group floor building flowing up toward the backstage to flow in both directions.

The seating areas were made from the ground floor from the back of the building flowing underneath of the stage, not many buildings were designed this way but that's one of the reasons why it was considered as one of the major attractions of Cambodia. To avoid the heat that was transmitted from the sunlight in the hall, a double roof was installed. 4 main doors were made for the purpose to enter and leaving doors on the side to make it easy for the audience to enter and leave without disturbing the performers. Fan shape of the building makes the audience to have the full view of the perform without disturbing the neighbours or stand.[3]

First Floor Plan
Master Plan of Chaktomuk Conference Hall
Ground Floor Plan
North Elevation
Roof Plan
Wast Elevation
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South Elevation
East Elevation


Chaktomuk Conference hall used to be a restaurant then theatre but this hall nowadays is mainly used for the conference, lectures and occasional performing art activities.[4]


  • King Norodom Sihamoni congratulate disabled Chinese artists at Chaktomuk Conference Hall[5]


  • Royal Palace Minister Kong Sam Ol announced an event about the Water Festival nightmare that happen in 2010 which killed 353 people on the bridge to Koh Pich island in the hall.[6]


  1. ^ "Chaktomuk Theatre". Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  2. ^ Brady, Brendan. "Celebrating the past | Phnom Penh Post". Retrieved 2019-10-06.
  3. ^ "Drawings". The Vann Molyvann Project. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  4. ^ "Chaktomuk Conference Hall, Attraction in Phnom Penh | Tourism Cambodia". Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  5. ^ Green, Nathan. "King has royal pedigree in arts | Phnom Penh Post". Retrieved 2019-10-06.
  6. ^ Sovuthy, Khy (2014-09-10). "Royal Palace Announces Water Festival Curfew". The Cambodia Daily. Retrieved 2019-10-06.

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