Designed by the architect Vann Molyvann, this venue was originally opened in 1961 as "La Salle de Conférence Chaktomuk".
This aesthetically pleasing fan-shaped hall topped with a traditional Khmer tower is situated close to the Royal Palace and hovers like a bird on the embankment overlooking the river junction at Chaktomuk.
The building was redeveloped as a restaurant in 1991 and was changed into a theatre in 1994.
The Chaktomuk Conference Hall was completely refurbished in 2000, primarily to provide international-standard facilities for conferences. Subject to programming it is still utilised from time to time as a theatre venue, but only for special programmes organised directly by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts.