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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
Fee: No
Description: 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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Interesting but far away temple

I booked a private sedan for USD85 to Koh Ker (as well as Beng Melea). Entrance fee is USD10. Journey is 2 hour drive. Temple structure is pyramid-like, very different from those... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I booked a private sedan for USD85 to Koh Ker (as well as Beng Melea). Entrance fee is USD10. Journey is 2 hour drive. Temple structure is pyramid-like, very different from those in Angkor area. View from the top is great. Recommend to visit if you still have appetite to explore more temples beyond Angkor area.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I found this to be fascinating as vestiges of the Hindu religion remain. The smallish pyramid is more reminiscent of a Mayan rather than an Egyptian pyramid and is easy to climb with the hand rails provided. The surrounding temples are worth a look at though I could only find one with an intact Shiva linga. Almost all the statuary... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

7 Tiered Pyramid Style temple different than anything you see around Angkor. Visit on the way to Preah Vihear or with Beng Mealea. The view above is breath taking. There is a wooden stairway up that is not too steep to climb all the way to the top. Ride cost about $100 which is more on a higher end side... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We visited Koh Ker during a day trip from Siem Reap (including also Beng Mealea). The temple, former Khmer capital (older than Angkor Wat) is really impressive. Furthermore, you can enjoy it in silence (no crowd), given the remote area it is located in.

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Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The temple is in Preah Vihear province, it was the former capital city in Khmer empire. The temple is very beautiful with mountain style temple. Over there, it is not so crowded because it is the remote area. In the Koh Ker complex there are approximately 4 or 5 temples in this complex. Will go there again with my classmates... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I went to this historically significant area as part of a group tour. The main pyramid temple affords a great view all around, and is in not too bad a condition. A few carving details are still intact, and there is a small modern-day shrine at the top. There are also some satellite temples around that are worth visiting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

(Prasat Thom/Prang is also called Koh Ker Temple) Koh Ker is in a very remote section of northern Cambodia about 120 kilometers from Siem Reap which is about a 2 hour drive away. It is surrounded by jungle and sparsely populated. So far approximately 180 Temples/Sanctuaries have been found in an area of 80 square kilometers, but only about 20... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

The architecture is different from Angkor Wat. Koh ker temple looks like pyramid.It's 36 meters high with 7 levels terrace.Try to climb to the top of the temple.The view is so marvelous.But be careful,the wind is blowing on the top of the temple.Because my hat just blew away.....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Very few tourists come this far to visit a temple but the Koh Ker Temple is definitely worth a visit since the construction is very different to the other temples I already visited. You can go to the top of the temple and take great panoramic pictures from there. It is so little visited that even our driver joint us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The ride here was bumpy and scary at times, but these temples in Koh ker are definitely worth coming out for. Its like a Khmer builder went to Chichen Itza and thought it'll be a terrific opportunity to build a Khmer temple Mayan style! Try to hit Bang Malea on the way back too.

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