After Angkor became popular in Europe, the French sent missions on foot to map the Cambodian forests around the temple of Angkor Wat. Many archaeologists went to Angkor working on restoring the ancient temples. As the archaeologists found more temples and remains of the great Barays, which are man-made reservoirs, it became clear that they were no longer looking at a cluster of temples but something bigger.
But, all this work had to be stopped in 1967 due to Cambodian Civil War which resulted in the rule of the communist organisation called the Khmer Rouge. From 1975 – 1979 was one of the deadliest times in Cambodian history, millions of people were killed during this war by the Khmer Rouge which was led by Pol Pot.
|Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge Leader|