By far the most popular Cambodian religion is Buddhism. Though it’s Islam that dominates in Southeast Asia overall, it’s Buddhism that dominates in the mainland area of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.
No more than 5% of the population of Cambodia practice a religion other than Buddhism. What are the historical reasons for this, how does it affect Cambodia today, and what’s life like for the many Buddhist monks in Cambodia?
Theravada Buddhism is the prevailing official religion in Cambodia and approximately ninety percent of the population is Buddhist. Islam, Hinduism and Christianity are also embraced in Cambodia.
Since Buddha statues and images represent the revered Buddha, visitors are asked to treat all such statues and images with respect, so as not to offend local people.
In Cambodia, regardless of religion, the country maintains a harmonised state.