THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF THE WORD SALA :
It originates from Sanskrit. This word was first registered at the Ta Prohm temple where the walls are entwined with the roots of enormous kapok trees. There is an inscription on a stele which is currently housed in the Phnom Penh Museum on which is inscribed: there were 12645 people living in Ta Prohm during the era of King Jayavarman, amongst whom were 615 dancers and 18 high priests; there were 5 tonnes of gold and 300,000 precious stones in the temple… The king built 121 lodges, 102 hospitals, 5 main roads and 70 bridges. The lodges were called Theam Sala.