Kang Tai

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Kang Tai (康泰) was a Chinese traveller in the middle of the third century from the state of Eastern Wu. He is known for his travels to Southeast Asia in which he became one of the first Chinese, along with Zhu Ying (朱應), to document the existence of the kingdom known as Funan in his book, Wushi waiguo zhuan (吳時外國傳, Accounts of foreign states in Wu times).[1][2] He was reportedly impressed with the accomplishments of Funan as well as with its capital city and reported that the written language of Funan bore similarities to Indian script.[3]

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  1. ^ Hall, D.G.E. (1981). A History of South-East Asia, Fourth Edition. Hong Kong: Macmillan Education Ltd. p. 25. ISBN 0-333-24163-0. 
  2. ^ Xiong, Cunrui (2009). Historical Dictionary of Medieval China. Lanham, Maryland, United States: Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 276. ISBN 978-0-8108-6053-7. 
  3. ^ Tarling, Nicholas (1999). The Cambridge History of Southeast Asia Volume 1 Part 1 From early times to c. 1500. Cambridge, England, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. p. 194. ISBN 0-521-66369-5.