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Koh Ker Temple

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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

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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Ghent, Belgium
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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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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We did that 2 hours drive from Siem Reap to Koh Ker. The temples are interesting and there are no tourists. In the war the "Khmer Rouge" used Koh Ker as a base. That is the reason why the whole area around the Koh Ker tempels was full with landmines. They've cleared the the whole site around the main temples... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

We have had a great time at this temple group. They are a wonderful temples in the jungles. We love the ruin in such a nature like this.

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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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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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