Travel to Cambodia and unearth the historical richness of the country.
Here, the Khmer empire once ruled from 802 to 1431 CE. Their banners stretched as far as the modern Thailand-Burma Border in the West and Wat Phou of Laos in the North during its peak.
Their famous temples were built over the span of five centuries by the rulers of the Khmer Empire, and endure today as one of Earth’s greatest archaeological wonders.
Join in as we shed light on one of the most enigmatic, mesmerizing civilizations in the history of mankind and peel away the myth and legend to uncover the hidden story behind the creation of this ancient city.
Episode 1: Empire Rising
Angkor Wat is the largest temple on the face of the Earth and is a symbol of one of the greatest empires in the history of Southeast Asia. And yet, for centuries, the sacred structure remained lost within the tropical forests of Cambodia, along with the history of the young king who built the temple.
Discover the story of Suryavarman II and how he ushered in the golden age of the Khmer Empire.
See how Angkor Wat was constructed over four backbreaking decades, and witness the monument in its true glory and splendor, as it appeared 900 years ago.
Episode 2: Throne of Power
Episode two continues the epic story of the Khmer civilization.
This time we’ll we trace the rise of Jayavarman VII who, after being exiled, became king of the Khmer Empire following his defeat of the Champa kingdom.
See how the sprawling city complex of Angkor Thom grew under his rule to support the vibrant and thriving Khmer civilization.
Witness the palaces and temples he built, as they first appeared hundreds of years ago, before time and nature took its toll on this once great city.
- Release date2013
- Full runtime1 hour 30 minutes (2 episodes)
- Production CompanySmithsonian Productions
- Produced forSmithsonian Channel