Posts Tagged ‘Khmer’

Khmer Style Prang

March 25, 2008

I just found on the internet a picture of that prang I saw as per the previous post. Compare it with the Wat Arun picture.

Khmer Style Prang

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The Size of the Khmer Empire

March 25, 2008

On Saturday we were driving to the southwest, just outside Bangkok and came upon a temple at the end of a road. Although most of the temple was fairly recent, there was an ancient prang or stupa very much in the Khmer style as you see at Wat Arun in Bangkok. Although it doesn’t mean it was built while under Khmer control it did make me look up how far their empire stretched. It made it as far south as the Kra Peninsula and west as far as the town of Lopburi so at one time this area would have been theirs.

Below is a picture of Wat Arun from Wikipedia showing the Khmer style prangs.

Wat Arun

Preah Vihear dispute nears settlement

March 20, 2008

This news is a bit old but shows that the dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over the Preah Vihear temple site might be nearing a settlement.

 The temple called Prasat Preah Vihear is on the border with Cambodia, inside Cambodian territory, although easy access is from the Thai side. According to Wikipedia the earliest temple use of the site dates to the early 9th. Century although the earliest remaining buildings are 100 years later.

 This dates to a pre-Tai settlement period when Khmer and Mon ethnic groups would have controlled present day Thailand.

Suvarnabhumi Airport

March 13, 2008

The King of Thailand chose Suvarnabhumi as the name of the new Bangkok airport to the east of the city.  This was an interesting choice. Suvarnabhumi or sometimes Suwannaphum refers to an ancient land, literally “Golden Land” or “Land of Gold”, mentioned in some ancient Indian chronicles.

Whether it was in Southern India or some part of SE Asia is open to question, but there is a possibility it was centered in what is now the Thai Cambodian border region. Where ever it was it must have pre dated the migration of the Tai peoples south into what is now Thailand and the rise of the Mon and Khmer kingdoms.