Two New World Records to be Broken at Angkor Sangkranta

Volunteers rehearse Madison Dance ahead of Guiness World Record. Photo: ThmeyThmey

SIEM REAP – Madison dance and origami hearts were chosen to break new Guinness World Records during the upcoming 10th edition of Angkor Sangkranta, which will be held in Siem Reap from April 14 to 16.

Speaking to the media on April 8, Hun Many, the president of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC) which organizes the event, explained that the federation picked up these two activities based on past successes.

“The team could have decided on any other dances such as Romvong dance or Cha Cha Cha dance, but we all have seen the Madison dance in 2015,” he said.

That year, UYFC organized the largest-ever Madison dance with 2,015 participants, taking over the precedent record set by Australia in 2014 with 1,155 dancers.

According to the UYFC president, Madison is not only fun but is also a movement to push people to dance, leaving good and unforgettable memories.

“In 2015, the people who joined in the dance sacrificed a lot for participating [in breaking the world record],” Many said, adding that everything was done not only for entertainment purposes but also to highlight Angkor Sangkranta’s popularity.

Madison was once again chosen this year to break another world record to create new memories, he said.

As for the largest display of origami hearts, the UK currently holds the world record with 53,704 of them being folded in 2019. Cambodia plans to set the bar very high by creating 1 million origami hearts during the three-day event in Siem Reap.

UYFC holds four Guinness World Records so far, including the largest sticky rice cake (num ansom) weighing 4,040 kilograms, the largest Madison dance with 2,015 participants in 2015, the longest dragon boat measuring 87.3m, and the longest hand-woven scarf (krama) at 1,149.8 meters, both achieved in 2018.


Originally written in Khmer for ThmeyThmey, the story was translated by Meng Seavmey for Cambodianess.

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