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Address: | 100 Km North of Siem Reap, Cambodia
Phone Number: 095 89-99-93
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Koh Ker, three hours from Siem Reap, served as the capital of the Khmer...

Koh Ker, three hours from Siem Reap, served as the capital of the Khmer empire from 928 to 944, and was built under King Jayavarman IV under whose reign colossal sculptures and lingas were constructed, leading to charges of megalomania. Some of the lingas remain, though the sculptures have been removed to the museum in Phnom Penh. The site, which has only recently been demined, is dominated by Prasat Thom, a 30 meter high pyramid temple. In view of the distance, there are far fewer crowds here, making a visit an easier and more pastoral experience.

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Koh Ker are many temples so there need to be some separation in the reviews. The site is huge and you'll need a vehicle to get around. About the sites then: Prasat Neang Khmau... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Gurgaon, India
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the temple is interesting for its pyramid shape and the walk up but considering the innumerable ruins available in and around siem reap its not worth it if you are short of time. We did it as part of day trip to beng melea and preah vihear and had a very nice lunch here thanks to our guide narin who... More 

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Ronneby, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Koh Ker are many temples so there need to be some separation in the reviews. The site is huge and you'll need a vehicle to get around. About the sites then: Prasat Neang Khmau is a good stop. This single tower with its blackened surface is a nice stop. Nothing much to see but stil interesting. You drive straight beside... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

This temple is about two hours away from Siem Reap, but it's definitely worth seeing it. The central tower reminds to the Mayan temples in Mexico, but its shape is actually related to the lingas. You can combine this visit with the Beng Mealea temple.

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1 Thank AChiara78
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

The total area of koh ker is huge, luck of money is a problem and place is not well maintained. But the pyramid is huge and the story about it is very interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

It takes about 1½ hour from Siem Reap to Koh Ker, but already the trip is interesting as you travel through villages, rice fields and plantations. You feel you discover a secret place, almost no tourists, trees growing all over the rocks, some temples fall apart and at the very end the majestic pyramid stands in front of you. You... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Walking through the jungle path, leading to a giant open space with a massive moss covered pyramid. It's gorgeous. What a sight to behold. Steep stairs around back, worth the climb if you are healthy. There is also more to see than the pyramid itself. Tip... Good to visit this temple with 2 others on a day trip from Siem... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Koh Ker is a pyramid temple quite different in design from other temples in Cambodia. You can climb up 300 or so wooden steps to the top with a view over the flat surrounding countryside

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

As a history buff, I wax extremely captivated by the 'god-kings' of the Khmer empire, and Koh Ker is definitely a place of cultural, religious and historical importance. Built by Jayavarman IV (928-942 CE) in reverence to Treypuvanesvara (a Hindu god of happiness), Koh Ker became the capital of the Khmer empire (for a brief time). The monument itself (namely... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

This temple complex is worth a look, as it is an interesting site that gets few visitors and is a good follow-up to the Angkor complex. This was a one-reign tenth century capital city that had all the features of the initial temple urbanism at Angkor including a large baray man-made water tank to support agricultural production to feed the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

It's not close to the other ruins and temples, but trust me it's worth the extra trip! Great view from the top too.

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