The staircase of Phnom Kulen

Archaeologists turn their attention to a mysterious massive staircase on Phnom Kulen, thought to be constructed in Angkoran times.

The 487-meter ascent to sacred Phnom Kulen in Siem Reap province is steep and rocky. At some point between the ninth and 13th centuries, a powerful leader decided to forge a clearer path.

Source: Archaeologists Scale History of Ancient Staircase – The Cambodia Daily

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

1 thought on “The staircase of Phnom Kulen”

  1. Regarding this awesome staircase: as an old soldier, I have one correction. “The problem is to know when it was built, because there are no carvings, no other remains,” Mr. Chevance said.”

    Uh-uh! The real problem is the NEARLY complete de-mining…..

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