The Angkor Wat Temple

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Cambodia has a considerably fascinating history. According to archaeological data, the country started to form at least 40,000 years ago. The most well-known era is the Angkor Empire, under the leadership of King Jayavarman II, in which Cambodia had dominant power over the South-east Asian region and other parts of the world. During this era, the famous Angkor Wat temple was built influenced by Hindus. In the 12th century, Buddhism was first introduced to Cambodia by King Jayavaram VII. However, the Angkor Empire, later known as Kambuja, fell into decline after King Jayavaram's reign and was almost annihilated by Vietnamese and Thai invaders. Kambuja's power gradually diminished until 1863, when France colonized the region, integrating Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos into a single territory which is known as French Indochina. Afterwards, King Norodom Sihanouk became the reigning king in 1941 during the World War II. At the end of the World War II, Cambodia wanted to have independence from France, yet France was reluctant to give independence back to Cambodia until 1963 with the strong and…show more content…
However, in real practice, the king seems to be powerless due to the excessive power of the prime minister .Unlike his father, King Norodom Sihamoni only engages a little with politics and seems to be okay with all the things that the government have done so far. Although the current king is extremely important to all Cambodian people, there are some citizens who have expressed their disappointment with the king because the king is the mercy of the Prime Minister Hun Sen (The Cambodia Daily, 2014). In 2003, King Sihanouk used to refuse to preside over the opening of the National Assembly until the dispute regarding the election of three political parties was resolved, but in 2013 King Sihamoni still presided over the National Assembly even though the opposition party claimed of the fraudulent

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