Monday, 1 August 2011

The Trail of the Old Kings

              Preah Ko – Bakong – Lolei

Discover the origins of Angkor in the brick temples of Preah Ko, Bakong an Lolei. They mark the start of the classical period of Khme civilization, dating from the 9th century, when king Jayavarman II unified the Khmer kingdom and transformed it into an empire. Under his rule he created Hariharalaya, the first capital of the Angkor empire, where it now lays the Roluos group (named after a close-by village). The last king at Hariharalaya, Yasovarman I, built the first major temple at Angkor, Phnom Bakheng, and moved the capital to the Bakheng area in 905 C.E.

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