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The Mystery of Angkor's Palace

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The appearance of the royal palace has long remained a mystery. But with new data from French archeologists and the writings of a 13th century Chinese diplomat, a visual is starting to take shape.

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The most spectacular architectural wonders in Cambodia's ancient city of Angkor were built after its darkest days. Journey with us as we trace the rise of Jayavarman VII who, after being exiled, became king of the Khmer Empire following his defeat of the Champa kingdom. See how the sprawling city complex of Angkor Thom grew under his rule to support the vibrant and thriving Khmer civilization. Witness the palaces and temples he built, as they first appeared hundreds of years ago, before time and nature took its toll on this once great city.

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