Cambodian-German Cultural Association (I-NGO)
Sector: Art & Craft, Education & Training, Non profit
Chapter: German

 #47, Street 178, Sangkat Chey Chumneas, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia ZIP Code: 12206
  • 010 333 312


Boasting over 400 sqm of event space, the Cambodian-German Cultural Center "Meta House" showcases a unique blend of art, education, social engagement and hospitality. The center comprises a gallery / workshop and performance space, a language school with two film screening rooms, a multi-media-library and a rooftop terrace restaurant t. Meta House is the Cambodian partner of the German Cultural Foundation “Goethe-Institut” (GI), operating in 98 countries worldwide.  The umbrella organization of the Meta House is the Cambodian-German Cultural Association, (KDKG e.V.). Since 2019, patrons can find Meta House on Street 178 across from the National Museum. It occupies the space of the former “Reyum Gallery” – once the country’s first contemporary art gallery. The dubbed “Art Street” is the hub for Cambodian arts and culture which have a unique ability to promote tolerance, diversity and social cohesion in contemporary Cambodia.



The civil society in Cambodia has existed since the rebirth of the Cambodian democracy in 1993, the year that Cambodia avowed its commitment to security and peace building, following the signing of the Paris Peace Accord and the setting up of national elections with the assistance of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia. Since then, Germany has made unique contributions to the promotion of democracy, the rule of law, as well as to assist in the revival of arts and culture after the ugly Pol Pot years. One of the key persons behind the various cultural exchanges through arts is German journalist and documentarian Nicolaus Mesterharm, the founding director of the award-winning Cambodian-German arts and learning center “Meta House Goethe-Center” and the I-NGO “German-Cambodian-German Cultural Association” (KDKG). The latter is officially registered in Berlin/Germany and Phnom Penh/Cambodia and serves as the umbrella for the Meta House Phnom Penh. On November 1, 2018, Mesterharm’s achievements in Cambodia were officially recognized by the German Embassy when he was presented the Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany Award.


Mr. Nicolaus Mesterharm
Founder & Director

010 333 312