Professor Nuon Korn, One of The Well-known Khmer Writers​

A photo of Nuon Korn | Photo: Chanbokeo

Nuon Korn was born on June 18th, 1934 in Phnom Penh. He was the professor of Choreography of Faculty at Royal University of Fine and Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He then became a member of Khmer writers on January 1st, 1958, and onward.

A book of articles written by Nuon Korn | Photo:

Nuon Korn received a scholarship from Asia Foundation in Phnom Penh. From 1961-1965, he went to study Performing Arts and Directing dramas in France under the guidance of Pierr Valde, director of the Teartre Traoin Theatre School.

In 1966-1967, he graduated from the Institute of Drama (Institude détudes théatrale) at the University of Paris III Sorbonne, France. Later, 1967-1968, he studied at the CUIFERD International University Center for Educational Studies and Performing Arts in Nancy, France.

Nuon Korn then returned to Phnom Penh to work as a professor at the University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh. In 1974-1976, he received a scholarship from the Japan Foundation in Tokyo to study Noh. After the Khmer Rouge came to power, he could not return home, so he went to live in the United States until 1991. Then, he returned to Japan to live with his Japanese wife.

In the year 1993 until 1996, the University of Foreign Studies (Tokyo Gaikokugo Daigaku) in Tokyo accepted him as a professor of Khmer language.

He retired and returned to Long Beach, the United States. While staying in Japan and the United States, he was still active in helping conserve Khmer culture by writing storytellings or dramas. He died on Sunday morning, March 31st, 2002 at age 68 due to illness.

Some of his work such as dramas and storytellings:

  1. The National Anthem
  2. Document about song composers
  3. The Hanging Soul Drama (audio recording) 
  4. The Soul of Justice Drama (audio recording) 
  5. Others...

Source: Chanbokeo | By: Hon SreyNit