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Khmer Empire Timeline

  • Jan 1, 1028

    King Jayavarman V dies.

    King Jayavarman V dies.
    Throughout King Jayavarman's 60 years as king of the Khmer Empire, he made many educational and cultural improvements such as building the Khmer's largest temple, Angkor Wat.
  • Jan 1, 1181

    King Jayavarman VII comes to the throne.

    King Jayavarman VII comes to the throne.
    During his 48 great years of ruling the Khmer people he expanded the empire to its greatest extents. He went to war with a Muslim state in what is now central Vietnam, the Cham, and reduced their territory very early on in his rule. During the same period of time, the Thais sought to take control of the Khmer Empire's territories, and a war erupted in the West.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1181 to Jan 1, 1219

    Rule of King Jayavarman VII.

  • Jan 1, 1187

    The Khmer Empire goes to war with the Cham.

    The Khmer Empire goes to war with the Cham.
    The Khmer Empire goes to war with the Cham, a Muslim state in what is now central Vietnam, and during this war the Cham's terrioty is greatly reduced.
  • Jan 1, 1189

    The Thais go to war with the Khmer Empire.

    The Thais go to war with the Khmer Empire.
    Seeking to control the Khmer Empire's vast territories, the Thais start attacking and raiding the Western territories of the Khmer Empire.
  • Jan 1, 1219

    King Jayavarman VII dies.

    King Jayavarman VII dies.
    Towards the end of his rule, the Khmer Empire had reached its limits and it was costing too much to sustain its captured territories. By 1200, most of their resourced had been exhausted trying to sustain their empire, not considering their renewability. This eventually led to the Khmer Empire's collapse.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1219 to

    Series of wars with the Thais and the Cham.

    This period of time was the empire's slow decline, as the Cham from the East and Thais from the West pushed the Khmer Empire's boundaries backwards.
  • Fall of the Khmer Empire.

    Fall of the Khmer Empire.
    In 1431, the Siamese people invaded the Khmer Empire and razed their temples, along with Angkor Wat. This was the ending blow to contribute to their inevitable collapse, with a number of other factors such as failed water system and lack of funds to keep their widely expanded empire functioning. Cambodia became a vassal state of the Thais in the late 16th century.
  • Beginning of the Khmer Empire.

    Beginning of the Khmer Empire.
    The story says that a dream outlined Kaundinya's destiny, to find a bow and arrow in a temple, find a boat and then sail eastwards. On his voyage to the east, he came across Malay and Indonesian cultures, mixing in with his Hindu culture. Off the southern coast of Cambodia, he came across a Khmer Queen. They fell in love and following their marriage they founded the Khmer Empire and he became King Jayavarman II.
  • Construction of Angkor Wat commences.

    Construction of Angkor Wat commences.
    Construction of the Khmer Empire's largest temple is started by prince Jayavarman V. It is situated in the country's previous capital, Angkor, in the Siem Reap Province of Cambodia. The name in Khmer means 'City Temple', 'Angkor' meaning city and 'Wat' meaning temple.
  • Completion of Angkor Wat.

    Completion of Angkor Wat.
    The construction of Angkor Wat comes to a close as the Khmer Empire's largest temple is completed.
  • King Jayavarman II dies.

    King Jayavarman II dies.
    After 48 years of ruling a new empire, King Jayavarman II, ruler of the Khmer Empire, dies.
  • King Jayavarman V comes to power.

    King Jayavarman V comes to power.
    King Jayavarman V played an important role in the Khmer Empire's history, as he was the King who admissioned the construction of their empire's largest temple, Angkor Wat, in 961.
  • King Jayavarman III succeeds Jayavarman II.

    King Jayavarman III succeeds Jayavarman II.
    Little is known about Jayavarman III, but he was believed to enjoy hunting elephants, and is also believed to have died while doing so.
  • King Jayavarman III dies.

    King Jayavarman III dies.
    King Jayavarman III died not long before he was succeeded by his cousin, and some say he died while hunting elephants in the forest.
  • King Indravarman rises to power.

    King Indravarman rises to power.
    King Jayavarman III's cousin, Indravarman, succeeded him and throughout his rule focussed on improving the Khmer's engineering in the form of adding and/or improving irrigation canals and artificial lakes.
  • King Indravarman dies.

    King Indravarman dies.
    In 889, King Indravarman was believed to have peacefully passed away following a short 12 years on the throne.
  • King Yasovarman I succeeds King Indravarman.

    King Yasovarman I succeeds King Indravarman.
    King Yasovarman I moved the imperial capital once more and created a new city which he named after himself, Yasodharapura. He also had a temple built in his honour. Modesty was not one of his virtues, as he encouraged his subjects to praise and worship him. He was considered to have been a capable ruler and historical evidence backs up the statement that he militarised and strengthened the Khmer Empire during his rule.
  • Death of King Yasovarman I.

    Death of King Yasovarman I.
    King Yasovarman the I is believed to have passed away in his sleep, but no recorded data has been found on how he died.
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    Khmer Empire.

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    Rule of King Jayavarman II.

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    Angkor Wat construction period.

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    Rule of King Jayavarman III.

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    Rule of King Indravarman.

    King Indravarman passed away in 889.
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    Rule of King Yasovarman I.

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    Rule of King Jayavarman V.