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Keeping Cambodian Tattoo Traditions Alive

At Ashram Preservation Khmer SakYant we embody the traditional Cambodian master-disciple relationship, ensuring the transmission of age-old tattoo artistry.

With reverence and dedication, we nurture and uphold authentic designs and traditions, conserving not just their technical skills, but the spiritual and cultural significance inherent in every stroke.

It's not only technical skills, but ancient wisdom behind each design

What We Do

The process to get a sakyant tattoo

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Large pieces will require an initial consultation to discuss the details, while small designs (hand size) can be completed in a single visit.



We will discuss your unique ideas, the cultural symbolism of the sak yant art, and how best to translate your vision into a personal, meaningful piece.



This ancient ceremony sets the intent of the artwork and blesses you with protection, luck, or power depending on your chosen sak yant design.



Using traditional methods, our experienced artists will craft your chosen design, infusing your tattoo with both personal significance and Cambodian tradition.

Got Any Questions?

Whether you are curious about the sak yant tradition, design meanings, or the tattoo process itself, we are here to help. Reach out to us for any query or guidance you might need.

Ashram Preservation Khmer SakYant

Why Choose Us

We are not just a tattoo studio; we are deeply rooted in the tradition of Cambodian sak yant tattooing, passionately bringing your ideas to life.

Your safety is our top priority. We maintain the highest standards of hygiene.

Our reputation is built on quality. Your tattoo will be crafted by experienced artists.

Choosing us is choosing tradition. We uphold the rich history of sak yant tattoos

What our clients says

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Discovering the Timeless Beauty of Siem Reap Tattoo

Siem Reap, a city steeped in ancient history and breathtaking temples, has become more than just a destination for cultural exploration. It has evolved into a hotspot for tattoo enthusiasts seeking a unique way to commemorate their visit. The popularity of tattoos in Siem Reap has skyrocketed, captivating locals and tourists alike with its artistic allure.

Situated in northwestern Cambodia, Siem Reap stands as a captivating gateway to the magnificent Angkor Wat complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors from around the globe flock here to immerse themselves in the rich Khmer culture, architectural marvels, and spiritual wonders.


The Significance of Tattoos in Siem Reap

Traditional tattoo art forms have endured the test of time, embedded within the cultural tapestry of Cambodia. Drawing inspiration from ancient Khmer scripts, deities, and mythical creatures, these tattoos encapsulate the rich heritage of the region. Ashram Preservation Khmer SakYant, with its profound understanding of these traditions, honours the legacy by offering authentic and symbolic tattoos.

An old and traditional Sak Yant design

Tattoos in Siem Reap hold deep cultural and spiritual meanings. Each intricate design tells a unique story, reflecting personal beliefs, protection, and spiritual connection. The renowned Sak Yant tattoos, known for their sacred geometry and enchanting motifs, are believed to bestow blessings, courage, and ward off evil spirits. They serve as a spiritual compass, guiding individuals on their life journey.

Beyond the cultural and spiritual dimensions, tattoos in Siem Reap serve as a profound form of self-expression and identity. They are an artistic medium through which individuals showcase their passions, values, and life experiences. Whether it's a representation of personal milestones, a homage to Cambodian culture, or a manifestation of one's inner strength, tattoos offer a permanent testament to one's uniqueness.


Honouring Cultural Sensibilities: The Role of a Skilled Tattoo Artist

Choosing a tattoo artist who comprehends and respects Cambodian culture is of paramount importance. Ashram Preservation Khmer SakYant embraces this responsibility by meticulously preserving traditional techniques and ensuring designs remain culturally authentic. 

Our expertise not only guarantees a stunning tattoo, but also ensures the cultural significance and integrity of the art are upheld throughout the entire process. By honouring the cultural legacy and spiritual essence of tattoos, Ashram Preservation Khmer SakYant stands as the epitome of excellence, offering a transformative experience that resonates deeply with tattoo enthusiasts in Siem Reap and beyond.

Yantra Sak Yant tattoo design on the back

Embrace Tattoo in Siem Reap: Where Dreams Come Alive

Tattoos in Siem Reap hold profound cultural and spiritual meanings, weaving together ancient traditions and personal narratives. They serve as a tangible connection to the rich heritage of Cambodia, allowing individuals to express their identity and preserve cherished memories. The significance of tattoos in Siem Reap is a testament to the enduring power of art and culture.


A Souvenir to Cherish: Suggestions for Tattoo-Seeking Tourists

For tourists visiting Siem Reap and considering getting a sak yant tattoo, Ashram Preservation Khmer SakYant offers an enchanting opportunity to commemorate your journey. As you explore the city's ancient wonders and vibrant culture, allow yourself to be captivated by the allure of tattoo artistry. A tattoo from our studio will serve as a timeless reminder of your Siem Reap adventure, forever etched into your skin.


Preserving the Past, Celebrating the Present

Ashram Preservation Khmer SakYant is committed to the preservation and promotion of Cambodian tattoo traditions. Through extensive research and collaboration with local masters, our studio ensures that the art forms and techniques are faithfully preserved. By offering authentic Sak Yant tattoos and incorporating traditional motifs, we strive to honour the cultural heritage of Siem Reap and provide our clients with an experience deeply rooted in the region's artistic legacy.

Preservation Khmer SakYant's purpose is to meticulously preserve, showcase, share, promote, and curate exclusively authentic Cambodian SakYant tattoo designs passed down by our esteemed Cambodian elder masters. Why create new designs when we possess a wealth of ancient designs that are imbued with profound meaning and formidable power? These time-honored designs have endured the test of war and carry a significant historical legacy.

Sak Yant master holding a professional certificate

Hygiene and Quality: Our Top Priorities

Your safety and well-being are paramount at Ashram Preservation Khmer SakYant. We adhere to rigorous hygiene practices, maintaining a sterile environment to ensure the highest standards of cleanliness. Our studio utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and premium-quality inks, prioritizing your comfort and the longevity of your tattoo. With our unwavering commitment to excellence, you can trust that your tattoo experience at Ashram Preservation Khmer SakYant will be both safe and extraordinary.

Embark on a personalized tattoo journey like no other at Ashram Preservation Khmer SakYant. Discover the artistry, collaboration, and profound satisfaction that await you. Contact us on Instagram or on WhatsApp at +885 96 694 5501 and let us create a masterpiece that tells your unique story and etches an indelible mark on your soul.

Sak Yant Tattoos are not discriminatory against men and women. The reason we don't see as many Sak Yant tattoos on Cambodian women is because historically, a larger proportion of men joined the army compared to women, and SakYant where done to give protection and strenght to the soldiers.

However, it is important to note that there are also some Cambodian women with Sak Yant tattoos, although their numbers are relatively small. Nowadays, both men and women have an equal opportunity to get Sak Yant tattoos, as they are appreciated for their love, beauty, and profound meaning.

Here are the three main dimensions of SakYant Tattoo:

  1. Empowering Protection: Safeguarding against Fear
  2. Liberation and Resolution: Fulfilling Desires and Needs
  3. Dispelling Deficiencies: Unleashing Positive Energies

In the realm of SakYant tattoos, placement matters! While the allure of new designs may captivate, it's essential to consult an expert in the art of SakYant to ensure the historical accuracy of the design.

SakYant design come from Various Influences:

  1. Buddhism (Mahayana and Hinayana)
  2. Brahmanism or Hinduism (myths like Ramayana and Mahabharata)
  3. Depictions of naked Humans and Animals (Could it be from the Kamasutra Bible?)
  4. Spiritual Beliefs
  5. Khmer Legends and Literature
  6. Adherence to Standard Rules

A Word of Caution:

Misplacements have been observed in some SakYant tattoos, especially the SakYant made in other countries. There are also a lot of designs which are said to be traditional but are not originally from the traditional Khmer (Cambodian) culture. In traditional Khmer culture certain designs hold specific significance, representing Buddha, gods, revered hermits, divine animals, commanders, kings, and more. Certain parts of the body are not suitable to certain tattoos. For example, the legs may not be suitable for certain SakYant tattoos.

I strongly recommend seeking the guidance of a Cambodian master or a SakYant specialist, as they possess the sacred expertise to assist you on your journey. I hold no blame towards other SakYant artists, but I must emphasize that meeting me assures you of getting the most authentic, trustworthy, and comprehensive knowledge about SakYant tattoos.