In Cambodia greeting is important. Greeting is one of the codes thoroughly implemented in Cambodian culture. To greet each other, people place both palms together in a manner of praying and bow head. This style of greeting is called "Sampeah" in Khmer language.

When meeting someone. Cambodian people show this type of greeting "Sampeah" and say "Choum Reap Suo –means Hello", and when leaving someone after the meeting, they show the greeting "Sampeah" again and say "Choum Reap Lea – means Goodbye". Presenting "Sampeah" to someone mean respect, and it is considered impolite not to return Sampeah.

To greet people (Sampeah), there are 5 different practices:

  1. When we salute our friends who have the same ages, we place our both palms together at the chest level 
  2.  When we salute our bosses,  older persons, or higher ranking people,we place our both palms together at the mouth level
  3. When we salute our parents, grandparents or teachers, we place our both palms together at the nose level.
  4. When we salute the king, or monks, we place our both palms together at the eyebrows level
  5. When we pray to the God or sacred statues, we place our both palms together at the forehead level.

Please watch the move on youtube then please also leave us some comments below:

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Actor

  • Savuen Chea (Teacher), Female, Grade 6
  • Pouthradi Koun (Quentioner), Male, Grade 6
  • Pouthrida Koun ( Narrator), Female, Grade 6

Group Leader

Savuen Chea

Producer

Pouthradi Koun

Camaraman

Naiiv Sek

Background

Recently, we saw TV spot show on "How to Sampeah correctly in Khmer Culture".

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Rick Dyck
# Rick Dyck 2010-12-17 23:07
Thank you for teaching me the five styles of Sampeah. It is useful for me. I want to greet my Cambodian friends in proper form. Did you know that people in Thailand also use the same kind of greeting?

This is an excellent and useful movie.
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Kóun Póuthradi
+1 # Kóun Póuthradi 2010-12-18 08:16
Quoting Rick Dyck:
Thank you for teaching me the five styles of Sampeah. It is useful for me. I want to greet my Cambodian friends in proper form. Did you know that people in Thailand also use the same kind of greeting?

This is an excellent and useful movie.

Quoting Rick Dyck:
Thank you for teaching me the five styles of Sampeah. It is useful for me. I want to greet my Cambodian friends in proper form. Did you know that people in Thailand also use the same kind of greeting?

This is an excellent and useful movie.

Dear Mr. Rick Dyck
Thank you very much to have an interesting about our movie. I am sure that when meeting with your cambodian friends and talking with them about the style of greeting, they must be surprise. I don't know the style of Khmer greeting until I took part in this movie. I wish you a good job and good health.

From me: Póuthradi Kóun

Million of love :roll:
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Kây Briyel
# Kây Briyel 2010-12-18 08:18
Quoting Rick Dyck:
Thank you for teaching me the five styles of Sampeah. It is useful for me. I want to greet my Cambodian friends in proper form. Did you know that people in Thailand also use the same kind of greeting?

This is an excellent and useful movie.

Dear Mr.Rick
Thank you very much that you like and have interested in our movie (Sampeah Etiquette in Khmer movie), thank you for tell me about people in Thailand also use the same kind of greeting but people in Lao also use the same kind of greeting, too (My Laotian friend told me ). I think you are able to greet your Cambodian friends in proper way :).
From me:Briyel Kây,
Million of love :roll: - 8)
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Linda, VP Cambodian
# Linda, VP Cambodian 2011-09-03 03:45
It's refreshing to see traditional displays of respect used in the world. I fear some cultures have completely lost their way in this regard.
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kimhun
# kimhun 2011-09-29 04:53
hello founder and your team, thanks for the movie. it is very usful and greatful.
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