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Ukñā Suttantaprījā Ind (Oknha Sottanpreychea Oen)

Ukñā Suttantaprījā Ind (Oknha Sottanpreychea Oen) (1859–1924) was a pivotal intellectual and influential poet in the emergence of a modern Cambodian language, literature, and religion. He spent ten years as a monk—seven of them in Bangkok—studying Pali Buddhist literature and its translations into Khmer and Thai. During the last ten years of his life, he lived in Phnom Penh, producing some of his most famous works, including a lengthy ethical treatise, the Gatilok, a ten-volume collection of folktales from Buddhist stories. Prior to arriving in the colonial capital, he lived in Battambang, both before and after its retrocession from Siam to French Indochina in 1907. His most famous poem is “Journey to Angkor Wat.

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