Siem Reap (FN), Mar. 21 – Cambodian king Norodom Sihamoni presided over a torch lighting ceremony in Siem Reap province, held on Tuesday (Mar. 21).

The torch will be relayed around the temple of Angkor Wat and it will begin its relay through all ASEAN nations on 22 March 2023. It will return to the kingdom on 27 April 2023 and will embark on a relay tour in provinces surrounding the Tonle Sap Lake prior to arriving at the Morodok Techo National Stadium for the opening ceremony of the games on 5 May 2023.

The torch relay is not only a symbolic event for the 2023 SEA Games and the ASEAN Para Games, but also a demonstration of resilience, growth and development in all areas of peaceful Cambodia, and to strengthen unity, friendship and harmony through sports competitions among ASEAN nations.