The Rule of Jayavarman VIII; The Entry of Hinduism.
During the reign of Jayavarman VIII , he renounces Buddhism and orders that Buddhist temples and images be destroyed and Hinduism become the main religion.
Dec 31, 1298
Jayavarman VIII's Reign Ends.
The ruins of a Buddhist temple.
Jayavarman VIII's rule ends. Even though Buddhism begins its integration back into society, ruined Buddhist temples all around the empire remind the people of his anti-Buddhist regime.
Painting of the Thai Invasion.
Thai army attacks Angkor, defeating the Khmer people in battle.The Khmer people give up on the city of Angkor, as it has been pillaged beyond repair. This event marks the end to the official Khmer Empire.
The Birth of the Khmer Empire After Unification; The First Emperor’s Enthronement.
Painting of Jayavarman II being enthroned.
Jayavarman II is enthroned as devaraja (god-king) after unifying small states to establish one large empire, independent from the rule of "Java". The Angkor region of Cambodia is assigned as the capital and thus, the Khmer Empire is born.
Jayavarman II's death
Statue of Jayavarman II.
Jayvarman II, the founder and first king of the Khmer Empire, ends his rule by death. His son Jayavarman III succeeds him.
Period: to Dec 31, 1145
Expansion and Religion
Khmer Empire expands and Angkor Wat starts construction. Buddhism becomes important.
Period: to Dec 31, 1113
The Building of Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat, the biggest religious monument in history, is built and is dedicated to the Hindu god, Vishnu.
Construction begins during king Suryavarman I's reign and ends during Suryavarman II's rule.
Period: to Dec 31, 1431
The Khmer Empire
The Khmer Empire in South East Asia from when Jayavarman II becomes the ruler of Khmer and proclaims himself as devaraja (God-king) to when Thai armies invade Angkor.
Jayavarman II's rule
The founder of the Khmer Empire rules for 48 years before passing away.