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Koh Ker Temple

| 100 Km North of Siem Reap, Cambodia
095 89-99-93
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As featured in Daytrips from Siem Reap
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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Wassenaar
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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92 reviews 92 reviews
27 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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171 attraction reviews
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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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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128 reviews 128 reviews
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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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Milano
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119 reviews 119 reviews
63 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This is an amazing wide area to explore, where the hords of tourists are still far away from coming. I was here in the early morning with my driver Sokra on a three days Easy Rider tour by scooter, and we enjoyed each temple with no tourist around, being the only visitors for several hours. Prasat Pram is simply stunning... More

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Bundarra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

This Temple is unique within itself. It differs from all other Temples in Cambodia. You can walk around the Temple looking up from all aspects. I went there with Rin Ra [www.cambodiaincomfort]. A must see for the Temple enthusiasts.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Uniquely different from other temples and genuinely breathtaking with fantastic view from the top (climb is steep but you don't have to be fitness freak to make it to the top). Not many come this way and good photos can be taken easily without competing with tens of other tourists. Bang Malea and Koh Ker can be easily done in... More

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