ROMCHEIK 5 Art Space & Cafe, Battambang

4.7
#2 of 10 in Museums in Battambang
Developed from a workshop, ROMCHEIK 5 Art Space & Cafe features a permanent collection of works by its four founders. Expect to see pieces ranging from raw, emotionally charged figurative paintings to subtle minimalist ones. The entrance fee and donations contribute to the maintenance of the complex and the purchase of art supplies. To visit ROMCHEIK 5 Art Space & Cafe and get the most from your holiday in Battambang, create itinerary details personal to you using our Battambang trip planner.
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  • The artwork in Romcheik 5 is like no other - it reflects the intense experiences and emotions of four disadvantaged, yet very talented young Cambodian artists. It was both sobering and awe-inspiring, ...  more »
  • Visiting Battambang would not be the same without going to Romcheik 5 Art Space. A collective of four talented young artists display one of the most disturbing yet astonishing artwork that reflects th...  more »
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  • A pearl of creativity. I discovered it by chance and thought some culture was not wrong. The story of the artworks is passionately presented and gives a deep insight into the life of Cambodia. Absolutely recommendable!
  • I've lived in Asia for seven years and I've never been treated so rudely. When I arrived, the door to the gallery was open and nobody was there serving as greeter or receptionist. I queried whether anyone was around by saying "hello" at a moderate volume so as to not appear rude by shouting. With no response I decided to take a few steps into the place; perhaps I might see another visitor or maybe a staff member. From the front door one can see the bathroom. I went to use it. And this is where the problem began. A middle-aged French man, whom I took to be the proprietor, approached the bathroom door and sarcastically asked if I lived on the premise. Of course I didn't, it's an art gallery. I didn't mind this so much, and as I left the bathroom I saw the man and two other Cambodian staff standing near the door. I said hello. The French man was frowning, mouth agape. I asked if there was a problem. He then scolds me for entering the place and using the bathroom without permission. When I told him nobody was at the door when I arrived, he was dismissive. When I said I tried to get someone's attention by calling out with "hello" he was incredulous. We then exchanged profane taunts with one another. I was deeply offended. Given the location of this place, there's absolutely no reason to suppose I tried to surreptitiously enter the gallery just to use the bathroom and leave without paying. Of course the only reason why any tourist would walk by the gallery would be to see the art. This is what I wanted to do, and instead I was treated like a petty criminal.
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