Nokor Reach

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Nokor Reach
English: Royal Kingdom
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg

National anthem of  Cambodia
Lyrics Chuon Nat, 1949
Music F. Perruchot / J. Jekyll, 1939
Adopted 1941 and 1999
Relinquished 1970-1993
Audio sample
Nokor Reach

"Nokor Reach" (Khmer: បទនគររាជ; Royal Kingdom or Majestic Kingdom) is the national anthem of the Kingdom of Cambodia. It was based on a Cambodian folk tune and written by Chuon Nath, the anthem was originally adopted in 1941 and reconfirmed in 1947, around the time of independence from France. In 1970, the monarchy was abolished, thereby replacing the anthem as well. After the communist victory in 1975, former royalist symbols, including "Nokor Reach", were reinstated for a short while. The Khmer Rouge then replaced it with Dap Prampi Mesa Chokchey ("Glorious Seventeenth of April"). After the royalist party FUNCINPEC defeated the former communists (Cambodian People's Party) in the 1993 elections, the royalist anthem was restored.

Lyrics[edit]

Khmer lyrics and transcription[edit]

Khmer lyrics

បទនគររាជ
1st verse

សូមពួកទេព្តា រក្សាមហាក្សត្រយើង

អោយបានរុងរឿង ដោយជ័យមង្គលសិរីសួស្តី

យើងខ្ញុំព្រះអង្គ សូមជ្រកក្រោមម្លប់ព្រះបារមី

នៃព្រះនរបតី វង្សក្សត្រាដែលសាងប្រាសាទថ្ម

គ្រប់គ្រងដែនខ្មែរ បុរាណថ្កើងថ្កាន។

2nd verse

ប្រាសាទសីលា កំបាំងកណ្តាលព្រៃ

គួរអោយស្រមៃ នឹកដល់យសស័ក្តិមហានគរ

ជាតិខ្មែរដូចថ្មគង់វង្សនៅល្អរឹងប៉ឹងជំហរ

យើងសង្ឃឹមពរ ភ័ព្វព្រេងសំណាងរបស់កម្ពុជា

មហារដ្ឋកើតមាន យូរអង្វែងហើយ។

3rd verse

គ្រប់វត្តអារាម ឮតែសូរស័ព្ទធម៌

សូត្រដោយអំណរ រំឮកគុណពុទ្ធសាសនា

ចូរយើងជាអ្នក ជឿជាក់ស្មោះស្ម័គ្រតាមបែបដូនតា

គង់តែទេវត្តានឹងជួយជ្រោមជ្រែង ផ្គត់ផ្គង់ប្រយោជន៍ឱយ

ដល់ប្រទេសខ្មែរ ជាមហានគរ។

ALA-LC transliteration

Pad Nagar Rāj
1st verse
Sūm buak devattā raksā mahā ksatr yoeṅ

Qoy pān ruṅ rẏaṅ ṭoy jăy maṅgal sirī suasdī

Yoeṅ khñuṃ braḥ qaṅg sūm jrak krom mláp braḥ Pāramī

Nai braḥ Narapatī vaṅs ksatrā ṭael sāṅ prāsād thma

Gráp graṅ ṭaen Khmaer purāṇ thkoeṅ thkān.

2nd verse
Prāsād sīlā kaṃpāṃṅ kaṇṭāl brai

Guar qoy sramai nẏk ṭál yas săktī Mahā Nagar

Jātī Khmaer ṭūc thma gáṅ vaṅs nau lqa rẏṅ pʹẏṅ jaṃhar

Yoeṅ sāṅghẏm bar bhăbv breṅ saṃṇāṅ rapás Kambujā

Mahā raṭṭh koet mān yūr qaṅveṅ hoey.

3rd verse
Gráp vatt qārām ḹ tae sū săbd dharm

Sūtr ṭoy aṃṇar raṃḹk guṇ buddh'sāsnā

Cūr yoeṅ jā qnak jẏa jâk smoḥ smăgr tām paep ṭūn dā

Gáṅ tae devattā nẏṅ juay jrom jraeṅ phgád phgaṅ prayojn oy

Ṭál prades Khmaer jā Mahā Nagar.

IPA transcription
IPA: [ɓɑt̪ n̪ɔkɔː rɨəc]
1st verse
soːm puːək t̪eːʋɔt̪ɗaː reəʔksaː mɔhaː ksat̪ jəːŋ

ʔaːoj ɓaːn̪ ruŋ rɨːəŋ ɗaːoj cej mɔːŋkɔl serej suəˈsɗej

jəːŋ kʰɲom preəʰ ɑŋ soːm crɔk kraːom mlup preəʰ ɓaːrɑmej

n̪ej preəʰ n̪ɔrɔˈɓɑɗəj ʋɔŋ ksat̪raː ɗaːel saːŋ praːsaːt̪ t̪ʰmɑ

krup krɔŋ ɗaːen̪ kʰmaːe ɓoraːn̪ t̪ʰkaːəŋ t̪ʰkaːn̪

2nd verse
praːsaːt̪ sejˈla kɑmɓaŋ kɑn̪daːl prej

kuːə ʔaːoj srɑmaj n̪ɨk dɑl juəʰ sak mɔhaː n̪ɔkɔː

ciːət̪ kʰmaːe ɗoːuc t̪ʰmɑ kuŋ ʋɔŋ n̪ɨʋ lˈɑ rɨŋ pəŋ cumhɑ

jəːŋ sɑŋkʰəm pɔː pʰoap preːiŋ sɑmnaːŋ rɑɓɑh kɑmpuˈciə

mɔhaː rɑt̪ kaːət̪ miːən̪ juː ʔɑŋʋaːeŋ haəj

3rd verse
krup ʋɑt̪ aːraːm lɨː taːe soː sɑp tʰɔɹ~tʰoa

soːt̪ ɗaːoj ɑmn̪ɑ rumlɨk kun̪ put̪ saːʰsn̪aː

coː jəːŋ ciːə neəʔ cɨːə ceəʔ smɑh smaʔ t̪aːm ɓaːeɓ ɗoːn̪ t̪ aː

kuŋ t̪aːe t̪eːʋɔt̪ɗaː n̪ɨŋ cuːəj croːm crɛːŋ pkɑt̪ pkɑŋ prɑjaːoc aːoj

ɗɑl̪ prɑt̪eh kʰmaːe ciːə mɔhaː n̪ɔkɔː

English lyrics[edit]

Heaven protects our King
And gives him happiness and glory
To reign over our souls and our destinies,
The one being, heir of the Sovereign builders,
Guiding the proud old Kingdom.

Temples are asleep in the forest
Remembering the glory of the grand kingdom
Like a rock the Khmer race is eternal.
Let us trust in the fate of Kampuchea
The empire which challenges the ages.

Songs rise up from the pagodas
To the glory of holy Buddhist faith.
Let us be faithful to our ancestors' belief.
Thus heaven will lavish its bounty
Towards the ancient Khmer country,
The Grand Kingdom.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The People's Republic of Kampuchea 1979 - 1989: A Draconian Savior?" (PDF). Ohio University. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  2. ^ de facto with Nokor Reach since 1990

External links[edit]

  • Cambodian National Anthem - The page "Cambodian View" includes a page about the anthem, which includes a vocal version of the anthem.