Even though almost all of Cambodia practices Theravada Buddhism, on the whole the locals are remarkably tolerant toward other religions and those who practice them. There are expats of all stripes here, practicing just about all of the major religions in many languages.
Like the expat community itself, much of this religious activity is centered in Phnom Penh, but there are religious groups and missionary organizations all over the country. If you’re looking for information outside of Phnom Penh, considering contacting the most relevant group below to find out what’s available in your area.
The Church of Christ our Peace (Anglican)
Phnom Penh International Institute of the Arts (PPIA), 6th floor
Street 51, Phnom Penh
Mailing address: PO Box 1413, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
T: 023 217 429
Email: [email protected]
Part of the Anglican Church of Cambodia (ACC), the Church of Christ our Peace has weekly services on Sunday in English at 10 a.m. and youth group activities. The congregation is small but friendly, with a traditional Anglican service.
The ICF calls itself “an international, interdenominational, English-speaking, independent Christian church” and is popular with expats. In addition to Sunday services, this evangelical organization offers home groups, prayer groups, and fellowship and social events.
According to Chabad Cambodia, there are more than 100 Jewish people living in the country, with 70 of them in Phnom Penh. The center offers synagogue services, Friday night dinner, kosher food, adult education, a Jewish library, and special high holiday events.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
267 Street 63, Phnom Penh
T: 023 994 171
Although there are many Mormon churches in Phnom Penh and wider Cambodia, most serve locals rather than expats. The Street 63 church in Phnom Penh is the LDS international branch, and they have English-language services between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Sunday.
International Baptist Church
103 Norodom Bvld. at the corner of Street 222, Phnom Penh
T: 092 723 350
The International Baptist Church has services in English at 10 a.m. every Sunday. (Services in Khmer are at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.)
One of Sihanoukville’s only English-language churches, Life Bible Presbyterian English Church offers services on the grounds of Life University. Most of the worshippers are university students, but locals, expats, and tourists are all welcome. English-language services are held Sundays at 10 a.m. Khmer services are held at the same time and Korean-language services are held at 8:30 a.m. on Sundays. On the first Sunday of each month combined services are held at 10 a.m. on the fourth floor.
The first Catholic missionaries came to Cambodia in 1555, and they’re still here! There are now Catholic churches in eight of Cambodia’s provinces and in 83 communities.The Catholic Cambodia website is a good resource for more detailed information.
Chapel of the Missionaries of Charity
475 Boulevard Monivong, Phnom Penh
T: 023 213 491
An English-language Catholic mass is held every day except Saturday.
World Vision Cambodia
20 Street 71, Phnom Penh
T: 023 216 052
Every Saturday at 5 p.m. an English-language Catholic service is held at the Phnom Penh headquarters of the World Vision Christian humanitarian organization.
St. John’s Church
Riverside Road, Slorgram Village, Group 1, No 027, Slorgram Commune, Siem Reap
Tel: 012 661 747
In Siem Reap, there are English-language Catholic services on Saturdays at 6:30 p.m.
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