SIEM REAP: The world record for Largest Display of Origami Hearts was officially broken today in Cambodia! People from all across the country folded the origami hearts that were put on display at Angkor Wat to provide decoration and break the world record. The hearts have been staked into the ground to form a large heart on one side of the temple and the word “Khmer” written in the native script on the other side.
On Tuesday afternoon, 11 April 2023, the Guinness Book of World Records officially announced that Cambodia broke the world record for the largest display of origami hearts in the world, with nearly 4 million (3,917,805) paper hearts!
The President of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC), Hun Many, stated that this display of paper hearts was not only intended to break the world record but to also represent the heart of the Cambodian people and show support to athletes with disabilities who are participating in the upcoming SEA Games-ASEAN Para Games 2023. The record breaking hearts display was organized to cheer on Cambodian athletes and exhibit a sense of national pride as the Kingdom gears up to host the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games for the first time in the country's history.
Hun Many said he believes each paper heart is very valuable, as each one exemplifies the love of the Cambodian people. He shared that volunteers had begun folding the hearts since September 2022, with people aged between 4 to 85 participating.
In 2023, on the 10th anniversary of Angkor Sankranta, Cambodia is also preparing to break the Guinness World Record for most number of people dancing the Madison at one time once again. The record was last obtained by Cambodia in 2015.
During 2015's Angkor Sankranta, Cambodia also broke the Guinness World Record for largest sticky rice cake weighing four tons.
In 2017, Cambodia also broke the world record for the longest Chapei Dang Veng (at a length of 7.7 meters). Finally, in 2018, the country broke two world records for the longest dragon boat, measuring 87.3 meters long, and the longest hand-woven krama (traditional Khmer scarf), measuring 1,449 meters long.