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Review of Preah Ko

Preah Ko
Roluos, Cambodia
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Roluos
Type: Historic Sites
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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“Must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

When you are visiting Angkor, you better visit Preah Koh temple. Why?
because it is the earlier temple than other temples in Angkor. The temple built from bricks ( just remember: Brick temples always built earlier than Sandstone temple).
You will see beautiful brick carvings, especially the best stucco carvings still remains....it is already over 1000 years, this stucco should comes off from the wall. You will know about the different styles of Arts.

Visited January 2013
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Merthyr Tydfil
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“Small but interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We visited this temple as part of the Outlying Adventure Tour with Beyond Unique Escapes, this was one of six temples we saw on this trip. This was the first temple to be built in the Roluos area in 879 by the Khmer King Indravarman I. Interesting to walk around and had photo taken with cow statue at the front of the temple complex. Not a huge sight but well worth a visit.

Visited March 2013
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“Not overly interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Small place,maybe 15 minutes to walk around, tops.Not to much to see,but if doing Rolous temple group ,then see it.Part of Angkor ticket price.

Visited February 2013
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Manila, Manila, Philippines
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“Holy cow!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

The beef about this temple is that it is a temple for the Holy Cow, and you guessed it right... it is a Hindu temple built before the Angkorian temples. If you expect to find lots of cow statues here, you will be disappointed because there is only one extant holy cow statue in the place. You don't need to find it as it is located facing and in front of the central six towers which are on a raised platform above ground level.

Be careful when you try entering the portal each tower or examining the delicately-made carvings around these portals because there are little black creepy critters (and lots of them) crawling the nooks and crannies around the portals to each tower. I don't know what they are or if they bite or if they do anything bad, but just be careful that they don't fall on you. Best if you don't enter through these portals at all because it's just an empty room filled with debris. But, do check out the carvings. These are pre-Angkorian carvings. They amaze you because they have this above high stone craftsmanship level even way before the time of Banteay Srei (which has the best extant carvings in all of Angkor).

If you would like to see the Preah Ko temple during the ancient times, there is a small miniatures museum just opposite of the temple and it is free to view. Try comparing it with the ruins. Amazing difference! It's like... what happened to this temple?! Other than Preah Ko, there's a miniature model of Angkor Wat, Lolei, Preah Vihear, and Banteay Srei (I think that's all, if not, I may have forgotten one or two more miniaures). I took a shot of the Preah Ko miniature, so try comparing it with the ruins.

If you plan on going to this temple, combine it with Wat Bakong and Lolei in the morning. Wat Bakong for sunrise and then go to Preah Ko and then to Lolei. After Lolei, you can either go back to Siem Reap or visit another ruins called Chau Srei Vibol (hard to find but great temple to go all Tomb Raider-ish or adventurer-ish). One thing is for sure, if you visit these temples before 9AM or 10AM, either you will be alone or accompanied with a couple or more tourists but not a noisy busload of them.

Visited November 2012
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“The Holy Cow temple”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

This is an old ruin built to praise the Holy Cow of Hindu. The statues and the carvings on the walls are beautiful, can’t imagine people in the year 900 could built such a wonder. However there’s no coffee shop or restaurant nearby so you should carry some water when visiting this place.

Visited November 2011
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