Master Yun Long Zi’s first exhibition in Europe: “Celebrating Wind and Water” at Mariënhof, Amersfoort in the Netherlands, 3rd to 5th May 2019


Master Yun Long Zi has granted me the honour to attend the”Celebrating wind and water” Lotus on Water event, which took place in the Netherlands in Amersfoort from 3rd to 5th May 2019.


My sincere gratitude for the kindness of Master towards me, his smile and affection always delicately expressed through courtesy and noble gestures.


His FengShui Art leaves you breathless by the power of its message and the climax happened when Master got on stage to whip gold and silver from the giant painting to achieve in front of us the fulfilment of divine perfection.


For all of that, Dear Master, please accept my deepest gratitude and affection in response to your friendship and consideration.


His Royal Highness Prince Sisowath Tesso is the son of His Royal Highness Prince Sisowath Essaro, brother of Prince Sisowath Sirik Matak and of Her Royal Highness Princess Norodom Wathanary, first cousin of my father. Prince Tesso and I shared many happy and cheerful moments in our youth in Paris. We have in common a deep passion for beauty and especially for our venerated Royal Ballet.


Prince Tesso went back to Cambodia in 2005 to live in our homeland and to serve his Country being once Secretary of State for Tourism. He is now High Counsellor to His Majesty the King with rank of Secretary of State and has created his own ballet company, which already had great success abroad especially in India and now in the Netherlands, during Master Yun Long Zi‘ s event “Celebrating wind and water” in Mariënhof at Amersfoort. All my best wishes for a bright future to my beloved cousin who will always have a special place in my heart.


Master Jun invited also our dearest Excellency Julio Jeldres, Counsellor to the King of Cambodia, the great stylist Eric Raisina and Monsieur Stéphane Ruffier Meray from Paris to join the celebration.


I was also cheered up by the presence of two very special persons to me: Swiss photographer Helmut Stampfli and his partner, my “little brother” Massimiliano Turci whith whom, we actully toured the world, filming and shooting in the perspective of a nice project, born in 2013….


Thanks to Master Yun, we met fantastic people like Kees van Hammersveld and his partner Tai, who created this incredible FengShui Wine, together with their friend Janneke Rutten and Marcel Bertaud, International Sales Manager for Laurent-Perrier Champagne, Abraham Van Hell & Cees Van Oije, two wonderful jewelers, Antonio and Marie Tan Diaz from the Philippines, who succeeded in convincing their Ambassador to the Netherlands, His Excellency Jaime Victor B. Ledda to join Master’s event…. and many other personalities who contributed to make this event truly unforgettable.





Master Yun Long Zi’s opening speech, Amersfoort, 3rd May 2019

“The Classical Chinese use a few terms to describe “art”.

We use “Fa “法 to describe standards and canonization of art. We use “yi” 艺 to describe the beauty and aesthetic of art. We use “Su” 术to describe the skills and methodology of art.

But when art reaches its highest level, we call it “Tao “. 道

What does Tao mean? Literally it means the path, the road or the way.

To where? For the Chinese, it is to the heaven. Which means to the universe, to higher being, to paradise, to higher intelligence, to truth, to great wisdom..

When art reaches its highest level, it brings inspiration from heaven. When the human soul is in touch with that inspiration from the above, the paradise comes to the humanity. And together, it brings all the different forms of goodness from heaven such as prosperity, happiness, energy, fantastic health, excellent relationships and opportunity.

Feng Shui is a kind of Tao , art is a kind of Tao, and Feng Shui art is a kind of Tao. When it is divinely inspired, and it attains the highest level of reaching up to heaven and allowing paradise to reach us.

When I visited the Angkor Wat, one of the greats wonders of the world, I discovered that it is built very closely to the principle and idea of Feng Shui.

When I was given the honor to watch the Apsara Dance, I was amazed that it is also a kind of Tao.


In the past The Apsara Dance could only be summoned by the king. And when it is performed, it would please the Gods so much that the blessings from heaven will descend upon the human world.

I am very honored to know His Royal Highness Prince Tesso Sisowath of Cambodia as a very close friend. His Royal Highness has graciously agreed to bring the Apsara dancers to perform the Apsara dance during the opening of my Art Exhibition here today.

The Netherlands is not a new and foreign land to me. More than thirteen years ago, a Dutch man from the Netherlands flew to Singapore.

He has heard about this Feng Shui Master from their friends and he came to consult me. When he flew back to the Netherlands the things I predicted to him came true and he invited me to fly here to Feng Shui his restaurant and his house.

He have also introduced to me more than a hundred clients in this country. In these thirteen years, he has grown from one restaurant to two restaurants and one hotel with three restaurants inside.

He has also bought and moved in to a huge and beautiful house.

And he is also into the wine business. This Dutch man is non other than Mr Cornelius Van Hamersveld, the owner of Van Hamersveld wine.

Such is the man when he acts according to the calling and inspiration of the Tao. He is blessed by heaven.

As a believer of Feng Shui, he came up with an idea of the putting my painting onto his new red wine cuvée call “Feng”. “Feng” as in Feng Shui.

With the launch of my Art Exhibition, is the launch of the new wine by Van Hamersveld wine “feng- win”.

Royalties and dignitaries, nobles and entrepreneurs, friends old and young, ladies and gentleman… thank you for coming to witness this historical moment.

May you be in touched with the Tao and receive from it many many blessings of prosperity, happiness, health and elegance!”


My deepest gratitude to Lotus on Water Directeor, Mr. Kan Yin Loong for his energy and bright intelligence in smoothing any situation in a very diplomatic and sensitive way, to Mr. Charles Chen, perfect host and adorable in every way and our dear photographer form Singapore, Mr. Kazuka Kaka.

Phean Yeak ( ព្រះរាជពិធីភាណយក្ )2019 ou Sortie de l’Année Lunaire au Palais Royal de Phnom Penh

Durant les quatre derniers jours de la Lune décroissante du quatrième mois lunaire, dit Palkun, est célébré un rite très particulier à la Monarchie Khmère, leព្រះរាជពិធីភាណយក្ ou “Sotr Phean Yeak”, littéralement la récitation des formules pour chasser les Yeak (ou mauvais esprits) qui prélude à l’entrée dans la Nouvelle Année.

de gauche à droite: le Marquis Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini, votre serviteur et Son Altesse Royale le Prince Sisowath Tesso

En cette année 2019, ces quatre jours ont eu lieu du 1er au 4 avril; le 5 avril, correspondant à l’entrée dans le premier jour de l’année du Cochon Ekasak, qui sera fêté en grande pompe le 14 avril à 15h12 avec l’arrivée de la Tevoda Tongsa Tevi, Déesse du Dimanche.

La cérémonie comporte trois parties, comme le rappelle Paul Fuchs dans son recueil de dépêches de presse de la fin des années 1960 intitulé “Fêtes et cérémonies royales au Cambodge d’hier”.

56344472_10158420002015299_4610644235455037440_oLa première cérémonie a eu lieu le lundi 1er avril en la Salle du Trône, Preah Tineang Tevea Vinichhay, où Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Samdech Reach Botrey Preah Ream  Norodom Buppha Devi, Haute Représentante de Sa Majesté le Roi, alluma le Cierge de la Victoire. A cette occasion, dix bonzes récitèrent les versets du “Chamroeun Preah Parett”, stances de protection bouddhistes en langue pâli, relayés par les Bakous, brahmanes du Palais en langue sanscrit. La seconde journée est consacrée aux offrandes rituelles aux bonzes et aux offices ordinaires bouddhistes.


La troisième journée est la plus importante: Mercredi 3 avril 2019,  Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Samdech Reach Botrey Preah Ream  Norodom Buppha Devi, Haute Représentante de Sa Majesté le Roi arrive en la Salle du Trône à 18h00. Après les offrandes d’encens et de guirlandes de jasmin aux esprits des Souverains défunts et aux Divinités brahmaniques, la Princesse prend place en face des bonzes et commence la cérémonie proprement dite:


Les puissances surnaturelles sont invoquées par quatre Bakous qui portent le “romphâk”, sorte de chapeau à la pointe effilée, agenouillés au pied d’un dignitaire de la communauté des Bonzes.


Ensuite, deux groupes de quatre bonzes entonnent des litanies chantées pour chasser les “Yeak” ou mauvais esprits en un crescendo lyrique, véritables chants grégoriens à la Khmère.


Enfin, les Bakous remettent à  Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Samdech Reach Botrey Preah Ream Norodom Buppha Devi, Haute Représentante de Sa Majesté le Roi, aux membres de la Famille Royale et aux autres personnes conviées à cette occasion trois attributs rituels pour chasser le Mal hors du Royaume: le “Ambas Khlok”, bandeau de fils de coton grège dont on se ceint le chef, le “Dambang Pich”, feuille de palmier d’environ 80 cm, nouée à son extrémité, sur laquelle est inscrite une formule magique et l'”Aphisamor”, collier de fines cordelettes de coton écru, auquel sont suspendus des petits carrés de feuille de palmier pliés, contenant des formules magiques.

Son Altesse Royale Samdech Reach Botrey Preah Ream Norodom Buppha Devi et Son Altesse Royale le Prince Sisowath Tesso me font l’honneur d’une photo à l’issue de la cérémonie.

Le dernier jour, jeudi 4 avril 2019, c’est l’extinction du Cierge de la Victoire par Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Samdech Sisowath Pongneary Monipong, Haute Représentante de Sa Majesté le Roi.




A noter que le Marquis Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini, avec l’accord officiel de Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Samdech Reach Botrey Preah Ream Norodom Buppha Devi, Haute Représentante de Sa Majesté le Roi, est le premier gentilhomme de la Noblesse italienne à participer à cette cérémonie, qui, autrefois, était exclusivement réservée aux Princes du Sang de la Famille Royale du Cambodge.



Monaco, 9th March 2017: Vernissage of the Photo Exhibition of French Photographer Alain Hanel : The Royal Ballet of Cambodia at Printemps des Arts 2013

Copyright Alain Hanel 2017: Reproduction prohibited except authorisation of the author

In March 2013, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia was invited by the Printemps des Arts to perform in Monaco. Her Royal Highness Princess Norodom Buppha Devi led the delegation, seconded by His Royal Highness Prince Sisowath Tesso. Their Serene Hignesses Prince Albert and Princess Charlene attended the Première and Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanovre attended the Gala Evening.

31st Mars 2013: Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, welcoming Her Royal Highness Princess Samdech Reach Botrei Preah Ream Norodom Buppha Devi, in company of His Royal Highness Prince Sisowath Tesso and of His Highness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong

On this occasion, my dear friend, French photographer Alain Hanel, as the official photographer of the Printemps des Arts shooted marvellous pictures of the dancers on stage and he decided to set up an exhibition of his works in Monaco.

In company of HRH Princess Antonella d’Orléans-Bourbon and of my friend, French photograher Alain Hanel. Photo: Eric Dervaux

His son Julien Pierre Hanel gave the magic touch to the photos by re-working graphically with the utmost modern techniques to render the glimpses of fantasy and glitters, characteristical of the Cambodia Royal Ballet.

From left to right: Mr. Hubert Dupont-Sonneville, Mrs. Marie Madeleine Liesse, Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong, Mr. Alain Hanel, Mrs. Angela de Bona, Mr. Julien Pierre Hanel  Photo: Eric Dervaux

This initiative was definitely supported by the famous brand of French supermarkets, Carrefour and their Foundation for Arts. Mrs. Marie Madeleine Liesse and her Responsible for Marketing, Mr. Hubert Dupont-Sonneville were enthusiastic promoters and this is how we ended on 9th March 2017 enjoying this exclusive venue in one of the main Shopping Mall of Monaco.

The Apsaras will continue their enchanting dances on the walls of Fontvieille until 7th April 2017.

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Funérailles de Son Altesse Royale le Prince Sisowath Essaro: la Cérémonie des 100 jours

Article de Philippe Delorme, paru dans “Point de vue” la semaine du 6 novembre 2004

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Son Altesse Royale le Prince Norodom Preyasophon, le gendre du Défunt

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Visite au Teatro La Fenice de Venise, Samedi 10 Mai 2014


11/05/2014 Sabato 10 maggio 2014 il sovrintendente Cristiano Chiarot ha accolto oggi il Principe Sisowath Tesso e il Principe Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong in rappresentanza della Famiglia Reale Khmer in visita al Teatro La Fenice. I principi sono a Venezia in occasione della giornata di studi all’isola di San Giorgio e dello spettacolo del Balletto Reale di Cambogia al Teatro Malibran organizzati dalla Fondazione Giorgio Cini


Printemps des Arts 2013: Le Ballet Royal du Cambodge à Monaco

Dimanche 31 Mars 2013: Soirée de Gala à Monte-Carlo en présence de Leurs Altesses Sérénissimes le Prince Albert et la Princesse Charlène de Monaco en l’honneur de Son Altesse Royale Samdech Reach Botrey Preah Ream Norodom Buppha Devi et en compagnie de mon cher cousin Son Altesse le Prince Sisowath Tesso887222_10151832495650299_480502714_o