Episode 7, The Khmers


The episode you have been waiting for has arrived!  This time we look at Cambodia from 550 to 1431, the golden age of the Khmers.  This was Southeast Asia’s most impressive civilization before the modern era.  The Khmers built Angkor, a city that was home to a million people, and Angkor Wat, the largest temple of all time.  That is the same temple shown in the picture above.  Then suddenly in 1431 they abandoned it all to the jungle, and the world outside Cambodia forgot about the place, until a French explorer stumbled upon the ruins in 1860.  Listen and download this episode to hear all about it!


Now There Are Eight


I have discovered the History of Southeast Asia Podcast on three new websites:  MyTuner, Player.fm, and Podfanatic.  Unlike previous announcements like this, I did not submit the podcast to them, vis RSS feed or anything else; someone besides me put them up there!  Indeed, Player.fm was the only I had heard of previously.  Well, I salute whoever did it.  Now there are eight places online where you can listen to or download the episodes:

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Episode 6, Pre-Islamic Indonesia


Episode 6 of the podcast was uploaded this morning.  This time the podcast covers Indonesia from the year 600 to 1500, the years when historical records become available, but before most Indonesians converted to Islam (that will be a topic for a future episode).  Five major kingdoms dominated the islands during this time:  Srivijaya, Mataram, Kediri, Singosari, and Majapahit.  Also, the episode takes a detailed look at Borobudur, Indonesia’s greatest monument.



We’re Now Available on Acast!


Early this morning I got an email from Acast, a popular podcast host based in Sweden, and was informed that the History of Southeast Asia Podcast has now been accepted into their growing stable.  This is the fifth place on the World Wide Web where you can listen to it, along with Blubrry (the host), iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.  I feel good about this one because when the podcast was just getting started, three months ago, I submitted it to Acast and they said they were too busy to consider it, but they’ll have it now.  Here’s where to go to listen:


Episode 5, Ancient Burma and Nanzhao


Episode 5 is now online.  This time, the main topic is how the nation of Burma, also called Myanmar, got started.  We see the Burmese and tribes related to them settle northern Burma, followed by a special look at Arakan, a province that often went its own way.  Also in this episode, we see the Mons, a tribe we met previously, move the capital of their state in southern Burma, from Thaton to Bago.  Finally, we meet Nanzhao, Burma’s northern neighbor from the eighth to the thirteenth century.


Remember, you can also access the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.

We’re Now on Google Play!


Two days ago I submitted the History of Southeast Asia Podcast to Google Play, the best website for downloading apps for mobile devices.  Last night the podcast was accepted, but I waited until now to announce it, because it took a little while to find it on the Google Play search engine.  Now you have four places online where you can listen:  Blubrry (go there if you want to download the episodes), iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.

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