Koh Ker

Attraction Koh Ker Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015

4 hours
09:00 AM
12:00 PM
First-time visit
Attraction
Nature
Must see
Kids
Architecture
Weird
Temple & Monument
9.92 - 0.00 USD

Koh Ker is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The Koh Ker complex is on the Chhork Koki highland. It was built by King Jayavaraman IV (AD 928-942). Koh Ker temple is 35 meters high, and its design resembles a seven-stepped stupa. The temple faces west toward Angkor city. It was built to worship Treypuvanesvara, the god of happiness.

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Why Koh Ker is special ?

The principal monument at Koh Ker is Prasat Thom
(Prasat Kompeng), a 55m-wide, 40m-high sandstone-faced pyramid with seven
tiers. This striking structure, just west of Prasat Krahom, looks like it could
almost be a Mayan site somewhere on the Yucatan Peninsula. Currently, the
staircase to the top remains closed for safety reasons, as it is crumbling
apart in places. Some 40 inscriptions, dating from 932 to 1010, have been found
here.

What to explore at Koh Ker?

Several of the most impressive sculptures in the National Museum come from Koh Ker, including the huge garuda that greets visitors in the entrance hall and a unique carving depicting a pair of wrestling monkey-kings.

Most visitors start at Prasat Krahom (Red Temple), the second-largest structure at Koh Ker, named for the red bricks from which it is constructed. Sadly, none of the carved lions for which this temple was once known remain, though there’s still plenty to see – stone archways and galleries lean hither and thither and impressive stone carvings grace lintels and doorposts. A naga-flanked causeway and a series of sanctuaries, libraries and gates lead past trees and vegetation-covered ponds. Just west of Prasat Krahom, at the far western end of a half-fallen colonnade, are the remains (most of the head) of a statue of Nandin.

Selling points

  • Isolated jungle temple
  • Yucatan Pyramid
  • Hidden City
  • A temple like no other
  • Temple Complex in Jungle Area
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
457.90 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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  • To take the best chance for discovering many other temple, hire a car for just over $100, include petrol and driver, to see them all freely.
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  • Make sure that you have enough water, etc before starting for the satellite temples.
    What to bring
  • Take care as the names of the temple known to the locals, sign posted on the road and on maps are not consistent.
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  • Be careful the wind blow on the top of the temple if you climb up there.
    Safety
  • Even no beggars here but you should be careful because the road quite slippery
    Safety
  • A lot of small temples are around the pyramid too
    Things nearby
  • On the way back you can also visit Beng Mealea - Maybe a 40 minutes drives from Koh Ker on the way back. It was amazing too
    Things nearby
  • Go to the top of the temple and take great panoramic pictures from there
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This is the remote temple complex in my list, the distance around 120 KM, the road condition is not good enough. Road near temple still the dirt road. Because of the location not many people come here. There are several temple here but the biggest is Koh Ker Temple whom housed pyramid temple, but before enter pyramid temple area you will see some small temple near the road. You can climb on top pyramid temple, there is a wooden stair and quite firm. From the top you can see area around this temple. Even no beggars here you should be careful because the road quite slippery.

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As part of an extended trip across Europe and Asia, our tour guide selected this area for one of the best ruins experience in Cambodia. With only a few visitors here and there, and no large tour buses, we generally had the place to ourselves which made it very pleasant. Some of the bigger sites have so many visitors that it is often difficult to even walk around.While walking among the ruins at Prasat Pram, and soaking up the history of the area, I came upon one small temple ruin that had especially photogenic roots wrapped around it. A small group, likely a three generation family, had selected this small temple as a backdrop for a group family photo.One member of the family had a mobility issue and so I wandered away to do photos elsewhere and came back in about ten minutes. The family had completed their photos and were standing in the middle of the area that I wanted to shoot my photo. I waited about five more minutes and it was obvious that they were just chatting about their next stop.I then asked if it would be possible for them to move over about ten feet so that I could get my photo. With that the male in the group, posed with his hands high in the air and sternly said that I should take a photo of him. He made some "complimentary comments" about "Rich Americans" and so I took a photo of him blocking my best view of the ruins.His comments did not sit well with the women in the group, who immediately moved away, and when I last heard them, they were not complimenting him on his behavior and comment either.

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It is very good to get out off the busy attraction of Angkor, these temples is a bit far form Angkor, but it takes only 1hrs and a half hours of 140km. The monuments are ruined by nature and civil war. I love the big pyramid temple with a high and steep stairway and others small but it exist the huge phallus of Hindu Gods. I would also recommend to stop at Beng Melea of the way back.

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This is the remote temple complex in my list, the distance around 120 KM, the road condition is not good enough. Road near temple still the dirt road. Because of the location not many people come here. There are several temple here but the biggest is Koh Ker Temple whom housed pyramid temple, but before enter pyramid temple area you will see some small temple near the road. You can climb on top pyramid temple, there is a wooden stair and quite firm. From the top you can see area around this temple. Even no beggars here you should be careful because the road quite slippery.

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