The Khmer Empire. For more than 600 years, the Khmer Empire dominated Southeast Asia, ruling over much of what is now Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Khmer Empire is known today primarily for one of its most emblematic remnants, the temple complex Angkor Wat.
Who were the kings of the Khmer empire?
|Khmer Empire ចក្រភពខ្មែរ|
|• 802–850||Jayavarman II|
|• 1113–1150||Suryavarman II|
|• 1181–1218||Jayavarman VII|
Which country is heir to the Khmer empire?
The Kingdom of Cambodia is heir to the glories of the ancient Khmer Empire, which built the fabled temple Angkor Wat. At its peak in the 12th century, the empire covered much of mainland Southeast Asia.
Why did the Angkor empire fall?
The cause of the Angkor empire’s demise in the early 15th century long remained a mystery. But researchers have now shown that intense monsoon rains that followed a prolonged drought in the region caused widespread damage to the city’s infrastructure, leading to its collapse.
How was the Khmer Empire unique?
The Khmer Empire was one of the first organized political states in Southeast Asia. From its enormous capital at Angkor Thom, the kingdom held sway over territory that includes present-day Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and southern Vietnam for nearly five hundred years.
What weapons did the Khmer Empire use?
The armies used weapons such as spears, swords, bows and arrows. Some officers in the army rode horses but the majority of them went to battle on foot. The Khmer were also famous as a strong naval force, defeating their enemies and throwing them off ships to be eaten by the crocodiles in the rivers and lakes.