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Koh Ker Temple

| 100 Km North of Siem Reap, Cambodia
095 89-99-93
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Ho Chi Minh City
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

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... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

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... More

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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... More

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Wassenaar
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We combined Preah Vihear, Koh Ker and Beng Mealea temples in a two day trip from Phonm Penh to Siem Reap. We rented a big car that fitted our big family of 6 for 110 usd per day (pay for own gas). It is so relaxing to visit temples where no other visitors travel. We slept close to Preah Vihear.... More

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Over thousand years old temples ruins located about 185 km from Siem Reap,Angkor. The group of temples in Kok ker city built in 10 century like Brasat Bram,five brick towers which took over by trees on the temple structure is one of good condition temple in this area. Brasat Thom is a huge pyramid temple rise in the middle of... More

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Perth, Australia
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is a complex of temple ruins about an hour's drive from Siem Reap. One you arrive in the vicinity, with good organisation, you could joy a few hours' hike to different locations to savor the atmosphere, soak in a thousand years of history, and even give your legs a good workout by climbing o the top of the pyramid... More

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Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We took a taxi out to Koh Ker and Beng Mealea for $100, which I think was about $10 too much. It took right at about 2 hours to arrive. The temple was pretty cool - a way different style than the ones near Siem Reap. While at Koh Ker was stopped at Prasat Pram, which is the first one... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

It is worth the climb on the pyramid temple. New wooden steps make it easier to climb the 35 meters pyramid. The view of surrounding forest is good from the top.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Koh Ker is about 80 miles NE from Siem Reap and it was briefly the capital of the Khmer Empire. It is not a single temple but former city with a group of temples scattered over a wide area (qv Grand Circuit, Siem Reap). It can take most of a day to look at all the accessible temples. Trying to... More

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San Fernando, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

A day trekking tour is a delight in Koh Ker. The long leisure walk for about an hour through a brush of greens and gigantic trees is such a cool and wonderful sight to be upclose with nature. This is a remote archeological tour that will lead you to the ruins of the hidden temples in Beng Melea. The stones... More

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