Teav Story

Teav Story Whether you are planning a meeting, hosting a small function, celebrating an anniversary or enjoying a romantic evening, the TEAV hotel is ready to make your special events beautiful and your meetings productive. Creative in approach and innovative in design, our general manager and his team would welcome working with you to ensure your special event is memorable and treasured.Whether you are planning a meeting, hosting a small function, celebrating an anniversary or enjoying a romantic evening, the TEAV hotel is ready to make your special events beautiful and your meetings productive. Creative in approach and innovative in design, our general manager and his team would welcome working with you to ensure your special event is memorable and treasured.Whether you are planning a meeting, hosting a small function, celebrating an anniversary or enjoying a romantic evening, the TEAV hotel is ready to make your special events beautiful and your meetings productive. Creative in approach and innovative in design, our general manager and his team would welcome working with you to ensure your special event is memorable and treasured.Whether you are planning a meeting, hosting a small function, celebrating an anniversary or enjoying a romantic evening, the TEAV hotel is ready to make your special events beautiful and your meetings productive. Creative in approach and innovative in design, our general manager and his team would welcome working with you to ensure your special event is memorable and treasured.

“Teav” is the name of an exquisite female protagonist well-known in Khmer literature entitled “Tum Teav” (or Teav Ek). This story depicts a stunningly delicate, modest, gentle, yet brave, thorough, and honest lady whose good nature radiates women’s dignity and venerable disposition. Because of her flawless beauty, her fame spread to OukNha or ChouxTboung Khmum Provincial Official and eventually to the king where he demanded his subordinates to bring her to the Royal Palace. The theme of this story reflects Khmer society during the 16th century (Middle Era) which was situated in Lung Vek Capital.

Until long time, there are many ladies named Teav as people perceive it as a sweet, loving name, and it tends to describe a lady who is elegant and appealing. Hearing this name would remind us of a village in Battambang province named Duon Teav which is believed to be a gathering place of graceful and adorable ladies from noble families. The scenery of the whole village combined with the well-managed houses and greenery adds to its magical appeal.  This, it is believed, is because most people living there are good-looking, kind-hearted, and hard-working.

From this brief history of the name Teav, we can see that the very name conveys the meaning of the perfect beauty of Khmer ladies. If we clearly reflect on the Middle Era (or called Lung Vek era) during 16th century, we can surely adopt some of this concept to create a unique style for contemporary society, ranging from societal aspects, such as daily living conditions, traveling, tradition, and religion to artistic aspects namely buildings, decorations, equipment, clothes, and other accessories.

After the Angkor civilization, during the 14th – 19th centuries, Cambodia shifted to a new paradigm and in the 16th century (Lung Vek Era), Khmer experienced the prosperity from the civilization influenced by Theravada Buddhism combined with all ancient heritage passed on by our ancestors. The author of Tum Teav portrayed all the magnificent things during Lung Vek Era in his story written on leaf manuscript which was later revised by other authors until the present time.

Based on all the evidence pertaining to the civilization during the Middle Era (between 14th and 19th century) and those narrated in Tum Teav story, we can notice some significant points which can be used as examples here. Pictures illustrated below are traced back over the last 100 centuries where these traditions were handed down from earlier times and can be used as stepping stones to better understand the Middle Era.

Architecture

Many manuscripts written in the form of folklore and poems recount the houses, palaces, royal palace, and other sacred buildings decorated with wonderful and stunning designs. If we take a closer look, we will realize that there is only a slight difference in the architectural designs between the late 19th century and early 20th century.

Transportation

Traveling on foot, by palanquin, hammock-like litter, horse, elephant, ox cart, and boat were the means of transportation during that period and all of which were decorated with different designs.

Clothes

Based on some old manuscripts during the Middle Era, we can understand the ways people dressed and accessorized themselves, especially women. Many kinds of fabric were woven from silk such as Huol, Pha Moung, Lberk, and Chor Babb and so forth. Many styles of dress can also be seen such as long-black skirts for daily use, ceremonial skirts and a variety of shirts with different designs. Pictures below were taken by a French photographer during late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Equipment and utensils

There existed a wide variety of equipment and utensils, classified by dignity, rank, and social status of the user.  Examining the equipment and utensils used by people with proper living conditions 100 years ago clearly illustrates that they had all the luxurious equipment, produced with magnificent artistic designs which shows the talent and skills of the artisans as well as the privileged users.

In short, we can see that each and every single thing associated with the name Teav seems to convey the meaning of charm, luxury, dignity, and veneration. Hence, this concept is adopted and modified to bring about the unique symbol and modality which is artistically magnificent and luxurious.