Picture: Smiling Apsara

Her beautiful smile is forever captured in this carving. I supposed to look for the unique apsara which showing her teeth with her smile, but I have no idea where to find it in Angkor Wat. Probably it will be my next journey?


  1. angkor138 said,

    December 31, 2007 at 11:14 pm

    Well, I don’t think you can find the unique Apsara which showing her teeth with her smile. I don’t recall there is one on the entire carving stone at Angkor Wat, Bantey Srey, Taprom Etc..

  2. michelle said,

    December 31, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    But I heard it is on the way to 2nd-tier inner side of Angkor Wat, which I found out from my friend after reading it from the book. I even saw the picture from the book…

  3. angkor138 said,

    January 11, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Not that I can recall at all, all not most of the Apsara are dancing with their closed as if in meditation and their smiling without showing any teeth unless a real person in royal ballet may smile while dancing.

  4. michelle said,

    January 11, 2008 at 11:53 am

    This is the picture:

  5. kenara said,

    January 14, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    I just got back from Cambodia. The apsara dancer with her teeth shown is to the right of the main entrance. As you as you pass the first main entrance, it’s on your right.

  6. angkor138 said,

    January 17, 2008 at 3:57 am

    I have been there many time and this is the 1st time ever I see it [from link above]. I must just walked through and pay no attention to details of carving.
    Thank you for sharing.

  7. Charles C. King said,

    July 29, 2013 at 7:44 am

    There is only one Apsara that shows her teeth when she smiles. I was taking pictures of her in Jan of 2013 when I overheard a tour guide give an explanation about why she was smiling. I only heard part of it…The King approached her and asked why her teeth were showing. She gave an answer which satisfied the king. I did not hear the answer. The next tour guide knew naught about the story? Do you have the rest of the story?

  8. Charles C. King said,

    August 1, 2013 at 5:05 am

    National Geographic states that there are 1720 Apsaras left, out of over 1800, and only one shows teeth when smiling. I was taking pictures of her in Jan 2013 when I overheard a Cambodian Tour guide tell, in English, the reason she showed her teeth. I heard only part of the story “The king approached her, suspecting she was having an affair, and asked why her teeth were showing.” I did not hear further dialog but I did hear that he was satisfied with her explanation and left her in peace.
    Soon another tour guide came and I asked him to explain the story but he did not know the story. Does anyone know the story?

  9. Lorinc said,

    January 20, 2016 at 8:35 am

    I was there right now, and I photographed three more apsaras with teeth.

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