Khmer in Cambodia

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge


The Khmer civilization once ruled much of Southeast Asia. In the 1200s, the Thais and Vietnamese defeated the Khmer and pushed them into Cambodia, where most live today. The huge Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia gives evidence of past glories. They have been primarily Buddhist since the 13th century, but elements of Hinduism and animism are mingled with Buddhist beliefs.

Ministry Obstacles

Centuries of devotion to their past belief system are not quickly overcome, but there is much progress.

Outreach Ideas

Pray for discovery Bible studies to spread rapidly as they bless Khmer families and communities.

Prayer Focus

Pray for the steady growth of the church among the Khmer, that they will continue to have a heart of fire for God and a passion for the souls of their countrymen. Pray the Khmer will heal from the tragedies brought by the Khmer Rouge, and that this past suffering will prepare them for the love and forgiveness found only in Jesus Christ.

Scripture Prayers for the Khmer in Cambodia.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

The Waiting World - The Khmer
Source:  The Waiting World      Download

Additional Info
Central Khmer profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-07-20
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-06-05
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-06-04
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-05-02
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-06-15
People Name General Khmer
People Name in Country Khmer
Pronunciation kuh-MARE
Population this Country 14,236,000
Population all Countries 16,104,000
Total Countries 13
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 3  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 285
Alternate Names Cambodians; Central Khmer; Cu Tho; Cur; Kampuchean; Khmer Krom; Khmer Nam Bo; Khmer, Northern; Kho Me; Khơ-me; Kmer; Ku; Mien; Thai-Khmer; West Cham
People ID 12662
ROP3 Code 104946
Country Cambodia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Cambodia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Khmer in Cambodia Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Language Khmer (14,236,000 speakers)
Language Code khm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Khmer (14,236,000 speakers)
Language Code khm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Khmer

Primary Language:  Khmer

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1899-1933)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1929-1993)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1954-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Khmer
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Ratchana's Testimony
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video Voices of Cambodia - Bihab
Film / Video Yesterday is Over
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Subdivision: Theravada
Major Religion Percent
89.80 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.90 %)
3.20 %
Ethnic Religions
4.10 %
0.00 %
0.80 %
2.00 %
Other / Small
0.10 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
83.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
12.0 %
Roman Catholic
5.0 %
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Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Video Source The Waiting World
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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