Angkor was the capital of the Khmer empire which controlled much of mainland southeast Asia from the 9th to 15th century before it was finally invaded by the Ayutthaya kingdom of Thailand.

The former glory and wealth of this city can be seen from the abundant number of temples it has (as many as 1000; Angkor Wat being only one of them) and the population it supported (as many as 1 million as archaeologists suggest; the largest in the pre-industrial world).

I visited this city as a part of my 2 week trip to visit 5 ancient cities in Thailand and Cambodia.

Visiting Angkor had a special meaning to me as a half Javanese, as the founder of the Angkor dynasty, Jayawarman II, was taught in the Javanese palace of Mataram before he set his kingdom free from Javanese rule as per the Sdok Kok Thom inscription. It is suggested by archaeologists that early Angkor temples had Javanese style influence to some degree and probably also had Javanese masons or sculptors involved in their construction.
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