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Koh Ker Temple

Address: | 100 Km North of Siem Reap, Cambodia
Phone Number: 095 89-99-93
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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 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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New York City, New York
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113 reviews 113 reviews
34 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

They've done a good job clearing the entry and site around the main temple. Gives you a good view of its impressive height. The stairs added on the side have several landings that ease the way to the top, The views were great and well worth the climb.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Read the "terrible" review with trepidation. However, reality today is so improved. Vegetation is under control but not sterilised as happening at Ta Prom and the walkway to top is fantastic. We camped nearby and wee first there for sunrise. Defo worth the effort. Shape similar to Mayan or Egyption pyramid and surroundings very serene.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Exceptional style, pyramid in the middle of the forest with amazing view from the top. We ended up here by chance and we discovered the place with amazement. This area has not only this pyramid but many other nice temples that each one creates a special atmosphere.

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SE Asia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This seven-tier temple Prasat Thom (also confusingly referred to as Koh Ker temple in the signboard at its base) is 40 metres high and is shaped like a Mayan pyramid. There is a newly built (Jan 2014) sturdy wooden staircase to the top of the temple. It is not a difficult climb and the view from the top is rewarding.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Koh Ker is a very lightly-touristed temple complex 2 hours from Siem Reap. I only saw a 3 or 4 other tourists when I was there; there were some locals and a few vendor stalls around the pyramid area, but the other temple locations were deserted. The highlights are the pyramid temple Prasat Thom and Prasat Pram, a modest-sized temple... More 

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New York City, New York
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Very different style of temple from the main Angkor Wat temple. You can add this temple on to a visit to Beng Melea if you do a private tour and run on your own time. Via a bused group tour I doubt you'd have time. Ensure you climb to the top of the pyramid.

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Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

A very nice visit to get away from the crowds of Angkor. We decided to stop by after our visit to Preah Vihear. The actual temple looks like the mayan temples. A great destination if you want to get away from the crowds and see something different.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

It's a long ride by taxi from SR, I heard before 1h30 (no way), 2 hours, 3 hours or more. For us it was about 2h30 and I believe the driver wasn't slow. May not be impressive for everybody (many of the temples of the groupe are destroyed by time and VERY basic), but the 2 main ones are worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

For sure you should come and see this pyramid, also it is worth to see the ruins around. Most of them are covered by jungles, and since it's far from Siem Riep, the area isn't crowded with tourists.

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Manila
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The main temple of Koh Ker was open and so we climbed the pyramidal structure. The other minor temples we visited to see the huge lingas, quite interesting. But we didnt go to each of the 200 or so group of temples. Frankly, the landscape looked dry, barren and a little eerie, like a scary movie or alien planet. Wizzed... More 

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