Cus­toms of Cam­bo­dia

Discover Cambodia - - IN THE KNOW - BY ZHOU DAGUAN TRANS­LATED BY SOLANG UK AND BELING UK

In Au­gust 1296, at the height of the Kh­mer Em­pire, Chi­nese of­fi­cial Zhou Daguan ar­rived at the court of God-King In­dravar­man III in the an­cient cap­i­tal of Angkor. Shocked and en­tranced by the alien scenes be­fore his eyes, his book The Cus­toms of Cam­bo­dia – most re­cently trans­lated and an­no­tated by Chi­ne­seKh­mer cou­ple Solang and Beling Uk – is an in­ti­mate glimpse into daily Cam­bo­dian life more than seven cen­turies ago, from the count­less con­cu­bines of the king to the hill tribe slaves bought and sold for a hun­dred cop­per coins.

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