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!
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:
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.