FUNAN The first civilization of Cambodia existed from the 1st to 6th century in a State referred to as Funan.It was the oldest Indianized state in Southeast Asia, and from this period Cambodiaâ€™s first writing language Sanskrit began.
Influenced by Indian cultures, Funan accepted Hinduism, which was
latter converted to Budddhism. What makes Cambodians different from its
neighbors is due to the fact that Cambodians wear scarves, called
Kramas, rather than straw hats,
ANGKOR : from 9th to 13th century Angkor period existed.The period began with King Jayavarman II taking the throne in 802. At its peak,
Angkor Empire extended from the border of
modern day Burma east to the South China Sea and north to Laos of great
kings who built famous temples were King Suryavarman II who built the
worldâ€™s renowned Angkor Wat,whereas King Jayavarman II successfully
made agressive construction of most of largest temples of Angkor,
particularly Great City known as Angkor Thom.Not only the temples were the success of those Angkor Kings. This enabled rice cultivation for 3 times a year, ealthy empire.As Angkor period ended, the city moved to Phnom and that Angkor Wat was wPenh , Longvek, then to Oudong and finally to the present day capital of Phnom Penh. The hall of angkor marked the collapse of Cambodia Empire, which resulted in invasion and ransacks by its neighbors including the Thais and Vietnamese from the 15th to 17th centuries. This was mainly to conflict by royal courts. The post Angkor era also brought about a rapid expansion of Theravada Buddhism.PRESENT DAY
1863, Cambodia agreed to protection from France that ruled Cambodia for
nearly 90 years. Like other colonial countries, France introduced
modern Western government structure, education, courts and
architectural styles on its land,thus one can see to day many colonial buildings remain.
In 1945, the Japanese briefly ousted the French protectorate. After the defeat of Japan in World War II, the French returned and ruled until 1953 when Cambodia gained full independence. King Norodom Sihanouk abdicated the throne to his father and led political party to unite the country from 1950 to 1960.In 1970, Vietnamese war spilled over into Cambodia, and King Norodom Sihanouk was overthrown by General Lon Nol. Lon Nol government was defeated by Khmer Rouges in 1975,
Then Cambodia embarked a dark period for more than 3
years. During in the Khmer Rouges time, the countryâ€™s entire
infrastructure was completely destroyed. No region, no money, no
education, no school and so on that the historical wheel turned to year
zero. In 1979, the Khmer Rouges was toppled by Vietnamese backed
Peopleâ€™s republic of Kampuchea which administered the country against the Khmer Rouges was then ousted to northern jungles. In 1991, Paris Peace Accords was signed, which then brought United Nations to temporarily administered and organized a free and fair elections in 1993 a here by internationally recognized Cambodia government headed by two prime minister were created.Monarchy has also been reinstated and King Norodom Sihanouk is a lead of State.
This was by no means putting an end to Cambodia civil war. In 1997 fighting between ruling political parties took
place in the capital of Phnom Penh until cease fire was agreed to and
next national elections administered by Cambodians themselves were
conducted in May, 1998.
After creation of new coalition government headed by Prime Minister Hun Sen, and with establishment of House of Senates in addition to the lower law making institution the National Assembly, Cambodia has experienced stability in terms of politics and economics. This allows Asean to accept Cambodia as its member. Being part of regional groupings, Cambodia needs to look forward to attracting investments from the region and elsewhere.
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