The Khmer Empire

  • Period: 500 to

    The Lifespan of the Khmer Empire!

    This timeline mentions the main events that had occurred during the time, when the Khmer Empire was ruling. This includes all of their victories and their defeats.
  • 550

    The Ancient Empire of Funan

    The Ancient Empire of Funan
    The Ancient Empire known as Funan has been proven to exist. The land has also proven to provide many useful resources for the people living there and also for the other tradesmen. Funan was also conquered soon by the Hindu Mekong Kingdom of Khmers, also known as Chenla.
  • Oct 20, 770

    Strengthening of the Khmer Empire

    Jayavarman II unifies Khmers in the Angkor region. Their Capital was founded in the Angkor region of Cambodia. Jayavarman II's plan falls into place, which was to combine smaller states nearby to form one large empire.
  • Oct 20, 1113

    The Angkor Wat

    After the wonderful monument known as the Banteay Srei Temple was built, another famous temple was constructed. The temple being built was known as the Angkow Wat! This temple was special because it was dedicated to the Hindu God, Vishnu. After the temple was constructed, Suryavarman I was then enthroned to be king and to rule the Khmer Empire.
  • Oct 20, 1177

    The invasion of the Khmers

    After strengthening the Khmer Empire, the kings had begun to build temples to thank their Lords for their victories. This is why they constructed many temples to praise many of the other Gods. But then the Chams began to invade the Angkor Kingdom, but they had only attacked their eastern territory.
  • Oct 20, 1181

    The victorious Jayavarman VII

    The victorious Jayavarman VII
    Jayavarman VII defeats the Chams, and therefore from his victory he ascended to the thronee. He then incorporated regions such as of present-day known as Laos, Burma, and Thailand. From then on, the Khmer Empire began to grow strong along their journey.
  • Oct 20, 1243

    Jayavarman VII reigns

    Jayavarman VII reigns
    As Buddhism begans to lack importance, Jayavaran VII follows the religion of hinduism again. He renounces Buddhism and orders Buddhist temples, statues and images to be destroyed.
  • Oct 20, 1300

    Buddhism gains importance

    During this time, right after the king renounces Buddhism, the religion once again gains importance and so becomes the Khmers main religion again!
  • Oct 20, 1431

    The Harrassment!

    As the Khmer Empire had begun to grow in strength and settle to develop their land further, they were once again attacked. The Khmers were attacked by the Thai army and were forced to retreat.
  • Oct 20, 1432

    Survival and relocating

    Survival and relocating
    From their last battle against the Thai army, where they were forced to be driven out, they abandon Angkor. As time passed, the jungles were overgrown and had covered the land of Angkor and its location was soon forgotten. The Khmer ruler lead his people away for survival, and this is where they relocated their Capital, to Phnom Penh.
  • The Final Defeat!

    Despite the Khmers effort to survive after the Thai's had attacked, they soon found themselves in a battle again, against the Siamese. The Siamese put up a great fight, and so were rewarded with a victory. The Siamese king had attacked strongly and had managed to conquer over the Khmer king.
  • The Fall of the Great Empire

    The Fall of the Great Empire
    The Vietnamese had arrived and had repeatedly attacked the Khmer forces in the Mekong River Delta. They defeated the Khmer, which had eventually led to the fall of a great empire! The Khmer Empire travelled along a journey of hardwork, they glorified in their victories but had also drowned in their misery of their defeats. In their final battles, they suffered many losses which led their wonderful nation to be conquered.
  • The "God King" of the Khmer Empire

    The "God King" of the Khmer Empire
    Jayavarman II was then enthroned, under the Hindu rites as Devaraja which is the Hindu ter for "God King". From this course of action, the king then established the Khmer Empire.
  • The Khmer Empire taking over!

    Gradually as time passes on, the Khmer Empire strengthen their forces for them to begin conquering the other lands. This would allow them to expand their territory. Also, as Buddhism began to become more important, more temples were built to honour their Gods.
  • The Banteay Srei Temple.

    The Banteay Srei Temple.
    Rajendravarman II had built a magnificant temple called the Banteay Srei Temple. This temple is a world-known monument, which was built to praise and glorify their Lords.