History

Yajnavaraha (10th century) : Royal Physician and Priest

Yajnavaraha (10th century) was a priest-doctor and royal physician at King Rajendravarman’s court in Angkor, Cambodia, where he practised traditional Cambodian medicine and Ayurveda. He was the grandson of King Harshavarman I and a royal Brahmin. The majority of his knowledge came from his father Damodara, a vedic scholar. He was well-known for his religious …

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The story behind the name Bayon

The Bayon is one of the most well-known Angkor complex buildings. The majority of people, however, are unaware that it was originally a mispronunciation. Bayon’s original Hindu name was Jayagiri (or victory mountain). One of the more well-known, well-liked, and beautiful buildings in the Angkor Wat Archaeological Park is the Bayon Temple. The temple, which …

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Queen Indradevi : Cambodia’s first known female poet.

The massive inscription discovered at Phimeanakas in the province of Siem Reap, Cambodia, contains the inscription of Queen Indradevi in Sanskrit, which she wrote somewhere between 1190 and 1200 AD. Her poetry demonstrates her near-perfect knowledge of the language as well as its complex poetic patterns. We are fortunate to have a translation of one …

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Nehru was the first head of state to travel to Cambodia after it gained independence.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India, had a close friendship with King Norodom Sihanouk. According to Sihanouk, Nehru was his greatest friend and he considered Nehru as his political mentor. In reality, Nehru was the first head of state to travel to the Cambodia after it gained independence. A 2000-year-old cultural exchange exists between …

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Did you know? The Khmer Empire had the “first” healthcare system in the world.

The Khmer Empire, the first in the world to develop a functional healthcare system, was governed by its own laws. This healthcare system was built under King Jayavarman VII at the end of the 12th century. With roughly 100 employees total, each hospital the Khmer Empire established had a proper management system. The hospital also …

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History of Cambodia Part-2

Ancient History of Cambodia The Ancient history of Cambodia is represented by the Funan kingdom, Chenla Kingdom, and the early Khmer empire. The Funan kingdom was established in the 4th century by an Indian Brahmin king named Kaundinya. Due to this, it had a deep influence on Indian culture. Also, Cambodia was a trade route …

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