What Is The Cambodian National Anthem: English Translation, Original Lyrics And History
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"Nokor Reach" ("Majestic Kingdom Song") is the national anthem of Cambodia. It is based on a Cambodian folk tune and was 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. Take a look at its history, English translation and original lyrics.
History of The Cambodian National Anthem
"Nokor Reach" originated from a folk poetry usually performed with chapei in ancient era for storytelling and to disclose any recent events.
The music of "Nokor Reach" was composed between 1938 and 1939 by Prince Norodom Suramarit during the reign of King Sisowath Monivong with help of Sir J. Jekyll and Sir François Perruchot, the Royal Palace's musical instructors. The lyrics were not finished until 20 July 1941 by Choun Nath, a few months after King Norodom Sihanouk's coronation. In the same year, it was adopted then reconfirmed in 1947 as a national anthem for the country.
In 1970, the monarchy was abolished, thereby replacing the state's national anthem as well. After the communists' 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") in January 1976. After the royalist party FUNCINPEC defeated the former communists (Cambodian People's Party) in the 1993 elections, the royalist state anthem was restored.
"Nokor Reach" is a poem consisting of three verses and each verse consists of five lines.
Khmer lyrics (Khmer script) of The Cambodian National Anthem
2. ប្រាសាទសីលា កំបាំងកណ្តាលព្រៃ
3. គ្រប់វត្តអារាម ឮតែសូរស័ព្ទធម៌
Khmer lyrics (Romanization) of The Cambodian National Anthem
1. Som pouk tepda rak sa moha khsath yeung
Oy ben roung roeung doy chey monkol srey soursdey
Yeung Khnom preah ang som chrok Krom molup preah Bar a ro mey
Ney preah Noropdey vong Khsat tra del sang preah sat thmr
Kroup Kraung dèn Khmer bor ann thkoeung thkann.
2. Pra sath sé la kom bang kan dal prey
Kuor oy srmay noeuk dl yuos sak Moha Nokor
Cheat Khmer dauch Thmar kong vong ny lar rung peung chom hor.
Yeung sang Khim por pheap preng samnang robuos Kampuchea.
Moha rth koeut mien you ang veanh hey.
3. Kroup vath aram lu tè so sap thoeur
Sot doy am no rom lik koun poth sasna
Chol yeung chea neak thioeur thiak smos smak tam bep donn ta
Kong tè thévoda nùng chuoy chrom chrèng phkot phkang pra yoch oy
Dol pra teah Khmer chea Moha Nokor
The Cambodian National Anthem in English translation
1. 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.
2. Temples are asleep in the forest,
Remembering the splendour of Moha Nokor.
Like a rock the Khmer race is eternal.
Let us trust in the fate of Cambodia,
The empire which challenges the ages.
3. 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 Moha Nokor.
Lyrics video of the Cambodian National Anthem
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