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He was the son of Srey Soriyovong II and became king in 1431. That year he was forced to flee Angkor Thom when the Siamese captured it, resettling first in Tuol Basan City (now Srey Santhor ), and after that became flooded, to Chaktomuk (now part of Phnom Penh).
In Phnom Penh, the king ordered the land to be built up to protect it from flooding, and a palace to be built.
King Ponhea Yat was succeeded on his death by his first son Neareay Reachea , who reigned until 1467 and who was succeeded in turn by Ponhea Yat's second son, Stey Reachea .
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