Photo: Potter at work at Andong Russei.

Andong Russei pottery village

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Chhnang means "clay pot" in Khmer, and the Kompong Chhnang area is the centre for production and distribution of the terracotta wares you’ll find all over the country.





On travels along Cambodian highways you may have come across the huge, wooden, straw-lined carts packed with earthenware—traditionally drawn by oxen but now more often by motorbikes—which all originate in Kompong Chhnang. The manufacturing takes place in surrounding villages and the best and most convenient one to visit is Andong Russei.

The famed pots. Photo taken in or around Andong Russei pottery village, Kompong Chhnang, Cambodia by Mark Ord.

The famed pots. Photo: Mark Ord

The village is around 4 kilometres from town, so it’s easily done by bicycle and the scenery on the way is simply delightful. Guesthouses will of course provide directions but the route is relatively simple. With the provincial hall to your left and a small city park to your right, take the straight road that heads due west. This will lead you through classic Khmer landscapes of paddy dotted with sugar palms, with a range of low hills behind the village providing a good landmark. (It’s a straight line until you’re almost at the hills, whereupon a left turn at a T-junction takes you into the village.)

Most families here produce the pottery in their houses and any will be happy for you to stop by, though the best organised for visits is a co-operative workshop at the entrance to the village on the right. There’s no name other than Kompong Chhnang Pottery, but it’s a workshop rather than family home and lies at the foot of the hill, Phnom Meas. The project is aided by Japanese assistants who’ve taught more sophisticated, varied techniques and styles to the villagers and the results are a step above the standard local pottery.

The stunning scenery along the way to the village. Photo taken in or around Andong Russei pottery village, Kompong Chhnang, Cambodia by Mark Ord.

The stunning scenery along the way to the village. Photo: Mark Ord

Clay here is sourced from another part of the province and is a classic grey colour instead of the ubiquitous red, laterite clay found in the adjacent hills. (Phnom Meas means gold hill and the soil contains a high level of pyrite, meaning the standard pots produced in the village are then terracotta coloured, with attractive gold ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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How to get there
It's an easy cycle ride from Kompong Chhnang, which can be made into a loop by returning on rural Route 53. Or pay around $10 for a tuk tuk to do it, round trip.

Andong Russei pottery village
4 km west of Kompong Chhnang

Location map for Andong Russei pottery village

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