The July 2009 issue of National Geographic magazine has a fantastic story about Angkor, the 400-square-mile site in Cambodia where the Khmer kings ruled an empire circa 1100 C.E. It’s 30 pages of fascinating discoveries about the civilization and, in large part, their engineering achievements with water control (1,000 years ago!). The breathtaking photos cover many two-page spreads, and there’s also a wonderful takeout insert that has a huge map on one side (Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, and West Malaysia) and a timeline and temple diagrams on the other side.
Check out the slick and informative Angkor graphic feature on the NatGeo Web site.
You can also read the article there.
There’s an incredible one-hour program about this same subject on the National Geographic Channel. I saw it on July 14, and there’s a re-broadcast coming up (in the U.S.) on Tuesday, July 21. I happened to record it in HD on my TiVo, and it is breathtaking! So if you can see this in HD, please don’t miss it!
Admittedly, there’s very little about Buddhism in this package, but from 1181 the Khmer rulers supported Buddhism as the national religion, and it continues to be the dominant religious practice in Cambodia today.