Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre
The Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre (BBC) is a new tourist attraction for Siem Reap Province featuring a live display of Cambodian butterflies. Revenue generated by tourist admissions provides support for local poverty alleviation and conservation projects.
Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre (BBC) is an interactive butterfly exhibit located 25 km north of Siem Reap, on the road to the Landmine Museum and Bantey Srey temple.
The exhibit consists of a netted tropical garden with thousands of free-flying butterflies, all of which are native species to Cambodia. The enclosure is South East Asia’s largest butterfly exhibit and provides residents and tourists with an interactive and visual environment to learn about butterflies and support local communities.
At BBC it is possible to experience butterflies feeding and flying very close at hand and to witness the complete life cycle of many species. The butterflies (in pupae form) are farmed sustainably by people from villages in the Siem Reap Province.
Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will greet you on your arrival and will explain the background to the project and about butterfly life-cycle and ecology.
Butterflies Garden Restaurant
Features 1,500 tropical butterflies and a koi pond in a romantic, private garden. Creative tropical cuisine, including unique Khmer specialties. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fresh juices, shakes, beer, wine and cocktails.
Behind a garden wall lays an oasis of peace. Inside, 1,500 Angkorean butterflies frolic among 500 flowering plants and fruiting trees at Butterflies Garden Restaurant. Those who enter will hear the gentle sounds of traditional music while enjoying creative tropical cuisine and tall, refreshing drinks.
The social mission of Butterflies Garden Restaurant is to contribute to building a promising future for children and youth in Cambodia. Decades of war, culminating in the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge era from 1975-1979, created a severe disruption in education and resulted in the deaths of more than 90% of Cambodia’s artists. We contribute to rebuilding Cambodian society by providing advanced restaurant training to disadvantaged youth, supporting original Khmer performance art, and providing income-generating opportunities for disadvantaged communities while providing a unique, first-class dining experience. A portion of profits fund programs for disadvantaged children and youth.
The butterflies in our garden are purchased from youth living in a poor village near the Angkor archeological park. Many of these children are able to use this income to attend school. For those who remain unschooled, we are establishing Khmer and English language literacy programs, including food supplementation.
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