That is the reason why Angkor's rulers labored to edify physical constructions and monuments greater than their predecessors. The Angkor kings showed their political power by subjecting the population to the construction of these monuments "which thus became the cosmic centers from which they wielded their divinely mandated power" 2
The construction of Buddhist monuments were seen to be clearly motivated by the desire of the donors themselves who happened to be the kings, royal kins and elite families. They enamored to create merit for themselves and also to their deceased relatives.
The pagan history reveals a very interesting comparison with the Angkor in Cambodia. This comparison can be examined in three vantage points. First is that like Angkor4. First is that, like Angkor pagan was an inland agrarian polity that "enforces its authority over coastal areas; both Angkor and Pagan are impressive centres of monumental architecture; and the history of each came to an end contemporaneously with the advent of Tai peoples into lowland Southeast Asia"5.
In their early centuries, both the Pagan and the Angkor states actively sponsored religious foundations.