Pagan Kingdom, Khmer Empire, Trading Kingdoms, and Vietnam
The Pagan Kingdom's most famous ruler was Anawrahta, and was also the found of the Pagan Kingdom. The Pagan Kingdom thrived in the Irrawady River Valley in China. The Pagan's economy revolved around rice farming, and their main religion was Buddhism. The Pagan Kingdom practiced Theravada Buddhism. The Pagan Empire was the first dynasty to unify the Southeast Asian dynasties, including the Khmer Empire.
The emperor for the Khmer Empire was Angkor Wat. The Khmer Empire ruled all over what is now Vietnam, and Thailand. The Khmer Empire is what is now modern day Cambodia. The Khmer studied Hindu, and Buddhism, which they adapted from India. The Khmer had a impressive amount of power, wealth, and had great architecture and art. The Khmer were one of the first of East Asia to deeply study astronomy. The Khmer controlled much of Southeast Asia, and had power over all.
The Trading Kingdom was one of the first empires to have international trading in East Asia. The Trading Kingdom stretched from East Asia all the way to Europe. They were able to do this by using the Silk Road, which is 4,600 miles long. The trade help spread agriculture, Buddhism, Hinduism, and culture. During this time a Buddhist monument was built in East Asia, and made great strides in art.
The founder of Vietnam, and ruler for many years after, was Hung Vuong. Some other famous rulers of Vietnam were Trung Trac, and Trung Nhi. The government of Vietnam was Confucian based, and used Confucian ideas. Vietnam was influenced by India, and practiced Buddhism, and Hinduism. Vietnam had a large and powerful army that conquered many other empires. There has been no decline for the Vietnam yet and have been alive since the Khmer Empire came into Vietnam.