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Pillaging archaeological and historical sites is a scourge that undermines the work of archaeologists in Southeast Asia for a long time. Cambodia and Angkor complex are the most affected. However many sites, which are more or less known, have also become the victims in Thailand…

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The Civilization of Angkor

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 by
Khmer Marble Carving Jayavarman VII

The ruins of Angkor are located amid forests and farmland to the north of the Great Lake (Tonlé Sap) and south of the Kulen Hills, near modern-day Siem Reap city, in Siem Reap Province. The temples of the Angkor area number over one thousand, ranging in scale from nondescript piles of brick rubble scattered through rice fields to the magnificent Angkor Wat, said to be the world’s largest single religious monument.

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Suryavarman II (Khmer) (posthumous name Paramavishnuloka) was a Khmer King of the Khmer Empire from 1113 AD to 1145-1150 AD and the builder of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world which he dedicated to the Supreme God Vishnu. His reign’s monumental architecture, numerous military campaigns and restoration of strong government have led historians to rank Suryavarman as one of the empire’s greatest kings.

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