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Buddhism coexisted with the predominant Hindu Shiva worship for about one thousand years, until Buddhist religion became officially established about one thousand years ago, first with the establishment of Mahayana Buddhism of King Jayavarman VII, and then the ascendancy of Theravada Buddhism.
300 BC Buddhism, according to legend, came to Southeast Asia as early as 300B. by way of missionaries dispatched by the renowned Indian Emperor Ashoka.
Theravada Buddhism was present also, evidence by Pali inscriptions from this period.Saravastavada Buddhism was the predominant form of Buddhism in Southeast Asia from the earliest days until Mahayana Buddhism became ascendant with the rise of the Angkor Empire from about 800 – 1200.