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History of the Khmer Empire

The Cambodian Khmer Empire is an ancient country in Cambodia located in the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. Khmer (Khmer) is also known as Ji Mi and Ge Mi in ancient Chinese books. The most prosperous during the reign, the establishment of the Khmer country. The Khmer army had hundreds of war elephants, and they conquered most of the surrounding areas.

In about 400 AD, the Khmer people established a country called Zhenla, which was most prosperous during the reign of King Jayavarman I around 700 years ago. In the 13th century, people gradually became tired of being forced to serve the god king, and Khmer society began to disintegrate. In 1431, the invading Siamese army forced the Khmer to abandon Angkor, and the Khmer Empire fell.

In about 400 AD, the Khmer people established a country called Zhenla, which was most prosperous during the reign of King Jayavarman I around 700 years ago. The Khmer people believed in Hinduism and accepted Buddhism during this period. Chenla declined and was briefly occupied by the Javanese for a period of time. In 802, King Jayavarman II established the Khmer country. He was a god-king and served as the capital of the empire in the royal city of Angkor. The Khmer army had hundreds of war elephants, and they conquered most of the surrounding areas. During the reigns of Suryavarman I and Suryavarman II from 1010-1150, the empire reached its peak.

The Khmer Empire began to decline in the 13th century. In 1431, the Siamese army captured Angkor, and the empire was destroyed, and the royal city of Angkor was obliterated in the jungle.

Cultural Heritage

Angkor Wat

Angkor was once the capital of the Khmer Empire. There are thousands of temples around it. Here is also a collection of the best Khmer classic buildings. Angkor Wat itself is the largest religious monument in the world.

Bayon Temple

The Bayon Temple is located at the center of Angkor Thong King City. Its cloister is 160 meters long from east to west and 140 meters long from north to south. There were originally wooden roofs above the cloister, but due to the age, only broken walls and huge stone pillars are left for the back. People pay tribute.

The Bayon Temple is divided into three floors. The lower two floors are square, with story-like reliefs carved on the outer corridors; the top floor is round with a stupa. The bottom bas-relief starts from the east gate and travels clockwise. What you see are: Champa-Lingga worship-Water war-Water life-Winning-Cockfighting and chess-Army-Civil war-Big fish swallowing sheep-Victory parade -Circus-Champa ransacks Angkor (From the plot point of view, this should be the beginning of the whole story).

From the outside, the Bayon Temple is a pyramid-shaped building. The highest point is a circular pagoda coated with gold. It is built on a two-story hollow platform. According to religious consciousness, this means that the Buddha in the sky can communicate with the people on the earth. There are 48 pagodas of various sizes built around, the central pagoda is surrounded by stars holding the moon.

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