Archeologists Khieu Chan, left, and Ea Darith, right, interview a Ta Han villager
on Pleu Cere staircase on Mount Kulen. (Im Sokrithy/Aspara Authority)
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.
The resulting 550-meter staircase made of rusty-red laterite stone has withstood generations of use, Khmer Rouge landmines and accidental battering from loggers.
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