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The Kingdom of Cambodia is a country in Southeast Asia with a population of over 14 million people. Cambodia is the successor state of the mighty Khmer Empire, which ruled most of the Indochinese Peninsula between the 9th and 14th centuries.

The country shares a border with Thailand to its west, Laos to the north, Vietnam to the east, and the Gulf of Thailand to its south. The geography of Cambodia is a land of paddies and forests, dominated by the Mekong river and the Tonlé Sap.

The government of Cambodia is a constitutional monarchy with King Norodom Sihamoni as head of state, and Prime Minister Hun Sen as head of government. Most Cambodians or Khmer are 95% Theravada Buddhist. The capital, Phnom Penh has a population of over 2 million people and it has grown to become the commercial, economic and cultural center of Cambodia.

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Angkor Wat

Angkor is a name conventionally applied to the region of Cambodia serving as the seat of the Khmer Empire that flourished from approximately the 9th century to the 15th century A.D. (The word "Angkor" itself is derived from the Sanskrit "nagara," meaning "city.")[1] More precisely, the Angkorian period may be defined as the period from 802 A.D., when the Khmer Hindu monarch Jayavarman II declared himself the "universal monarch" and "god-king" of Cambodia, until 1431 A.D., when Thai invaders sacked the Khmer capital, causing its population to migrate south to the area of Phnom Penh.

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 (13°24'N, 103°51'E), and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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. Many of the temples at Angkor have been restored, and together they comprise the most significant site of Khmer architecture. Visitor numbers approach one million annually.

References

  1. ^ Higham, The Civilization of Angkor, p.4.

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Banteay Srei Kala.jpg

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Depiction of a guardian spirit (Yaksha) atop a mythological creature (named Kala or Rahu) at the Banteay Srei in Angkor.

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  • May 8, 2009-South Korea's largest bank (Kookmin Bank) launches in Cambodia (The Phnom Penh Post)
  • August 13, 2007-New archaeological map shows Cambodia's Angkor ruins to be biggest pre-industrial city founded (The Australian)
  • July 21, 2007-Cambodia will host the ASEAN football tournament for teenagers(People's Daily Online)
  • July 19, 2007-Cambodia to host the disabled volleyball World Cup

(People's Daily Online)

  • July 17, 2007-Cambodia limits Christian activity{Yahoo News}
  • July 17, 2007-Cambodia to host its first International Golf Tournament{E.Sinchew-i}



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Did you know

...that Sisowath Monivong was the king of Cambodia from 1927 until his death in 1941?

...that the primary rainforest of Cambodia went from 70% in the 1970s to 3% in today's time?

...that there were 150,000 to 200,000 Muslims in Cambodia as late as 1975? Read more at Islam in Cambodia

...that King Norodom Sihamoni is one-fourth Italian?

...that the kouprey was declared the national animal of Cambodia by Norodom Sihanouk?

...that the Cambodia national football team finished fourth in the Asian Cup 1972?

...that former King Norodom Sihanouk holds the Guinness World Record for the politician who has occupied the greatest variety of political offices?

...that current Prime Minister Hun Sen started his term in 1985?

...that the Tonlé Sap supplies 60% of Cambodia's protein intake?

...that Saigon was founded by Cambodians?

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