I’m starting the year with one of my favorite places and one in which I would LOVE to return to, Cambodia. I plan to visit each and everyone of those places again. This here is Ak Yum.
Ak Yum (Khmer: ប្រាសាទអកយំ) is an ancient temple in the Angkor region of Cambodia.:350,352 Helen Jessup dates the temple to the 8th century, and states it is the oldest known example of “temple mountain” in Southeast Asia.
The origins and repair history of the temple are unclear. Stone carrying inscriptions, including one with a date corresponding to Saturday 10 June 674 AD during the reign of king Jayavarman I. The first structure on the site was a single-chamber brick sanctuary, probably constructed in the latter part of the 8th century. Later it was remade into a larger stepped pyramid structure, with a base approximately 100 meters square. The expansion probably took place in the early 9th century during the reign of King Jayavarman II, who is widely recognized as the founder of the Khmer Empire. When the West Baray reservoir was built in the 11th Century, Ak Yum was partially buried by the southern dike. The site was excavated in 1932 under the direction of archaeologist George Trouvé.
Courtesy of Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ak_Yum