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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Winter Session 2020 will run from December 26, 2019 to January 18, 2020, with three-week on-campus classes beginning on January 2, 2020. We will update the Winter Session site in September. If you would like to receive an email when this happens, please join our email list. In the meantime, you may want to browse through the site to get an idea of what we offer.

Performing Angkor: Dance, Silk and Stone

December 30, 2016–January 15, 2017


For information about the 2018 program, please contact the Special Programs office.

During this two-week course in Cambodia, students will explore the expression of Khmer culture and history in dance, silk, and stone. Students will visit sacred sites, attend weaving workshops, observe dance classes and performances, and explore Cambodia's National Museum.

Some of the sites to be visited by the students include:

  • The Angkor Silk Farm. Students will enjoy this beautiful setting while learning about the fascinating process of silk-making, from silkworm farming and cocoon unwinding to the preparation of silk threads, dyeing of the threads, and weaving.
  • Angkor Thom. In this ancient royal city, students will visit the Bayon and Baphuon temples and the Terrace of the Elephants, where King Jayavarman VII reportedly welcomed back his victorious army. After lunch at one of the area restaurants, the group will continue on to the jungle temples of Preah Khan and Ta Prohm.
  • Kbal Spean. Students will climb forested hillside paths to view the sacred reliefs and lingas carved into the rocks by the religious hermits who took refuge here in the 11th to 13th centuries. Nearby rock pools and a waterfall serve as lovely places to cool off.

For information about additional tours, lectures, and activities, contact faculty leader Kaja McGowan.