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Prasat Koh Ker

Prasat Koh Ker

Angkor era is known to be rich, glorious, and powerful. There are plenty of temples that were built with various architectural infrastructures, by Khmer kings from generation to generation. Though gradually, the kingdom kept expanding. New settlements were founded, old settlements were enlarged to become the center of culture, administration, and politic.

Prasat Thom, also know as Koh Ker, was the state temple of Jayavarman IV (928-941). Jayavarman had an armed conflict with Harshavarman I and his brother Ishanavarman II. He moved to Koh Ker and built his capital there, some 100 km to the northeast of Angkor. A stone inscription dated 921 states, "Jayavarman IV left the city of Yashodharapura to reign at Chok Gargyar taking the Devaraja with him." Devaraja means King of Kings. Another stone inscription found at Neang Khmao temple (a temple within Koh Ker area) said: after king Isanavarman II died in 928 AC, Jayavarman IV announced himself as King of Khmer Empire with his new capital at Koh Ker. Koh Ker was an impressive royal capital of Brahmanic temples, which can prove that Jayavarman IV was a king of wealth and power.

Prasat Koh Ker

This city, however, lasted for only 20 years. It was abandoned immediately after his death. His successor, king Rajendravarman II, moved the capital back to Angkor with unknown reason. Because of the returning of the capital from Koh Ker to Angkor, many historians believe that the Jayavarman IV was a "usurper king". It is because that monarchy in Cambodia at the time had no rule of succession.

What was really happening in tenth century concerning Jayavarman IV and his city, Koh Ker? What was the reason behind his relocation of the capital from Angkor to Koh Ker? There is short documentary film (about 35 minutes) that explores, explains and possibly provide accurate answers to these questions. The film won Camellia Memorial Award in China. Click to watch the film below.

Film credits:

Supervisor: H.E Khieu Kanharith
Excutive Producer: H.E Kem Gunnawadh
Script/Director : Dr. Chen Chanratana
Editor and graphic : One Shot Team
Narrators: Mr. Phalla Pharith, Mr. Siv Sokhoeun
Language: Khmer (English sub-title)
For Asian Television Arts Week in China from 2nd - 5th June 2014 at Kun Ming province, China
Co-produced by: Ministry of Information, National Television of Cambodia (TVK) and Kerdomnel Khmer Team

 

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Voice of America/Khmer: Dr Chanthourn Thuy

A Khmer Archaeologist visited USA in July 2012 to present his research finding about ancient iron smelter in Cambodia to Cambodian-American communities. One of his stop was Washington, DC Metro area. Click on picture to watch the VOA News coverage during his presentation in Annandale VA.


 

Voice of America Interviewed Ms Sophia Tep, CCD Vice-President

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Sam Relief Dec 2012 Newsletter

Sam Relief was very busy in early April of 2012 and has delivered another 10 tons of rice to Angkor Children Hospital at Siem Reap.


Women's Health Study: http://mapa.nur.utexas.edu


Replica of Angkor Wat

We have bought a replica of Angkor Wat (picture shown above). It is a sculpture made out from stone, by a sculptor in Pursat province, Cambodia. It is 1.3 meter long, 1.1 meter wide and .35 meter high. It took more than 2 months to complete the sculpture. Click the picture to enlarge.


Phare Ponleu Selpak

Phare Ponleu Selpak (website: www.phareps.org) is a Cambodian association providing artistic activities to children and adults around the Battambang vicinity. The artistic fields are: performing arts (circus, theater, dancing, music), visual arts (cartoon animation, painting contemporary, illustration and graphic design) and social actions (governmental school pre-school through high school, child care center, and transitional youth house). Learn more ...

Khmer Music Festival

Thank you for coming to our Khmer Music Festival on Saturday September 5th 2015

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