Koh Ker Temple
Koh Ker Temple
4.5
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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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  • Ference BT
    New York City, New York12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing hidden temple
    I's been visit this temple for one day tour to Preh Vihea temple. The temple was gorgeous quiet,and less tourist that know it. I am really surprised that the Fabolous once hidden. It was a bit short time after Preh Vihea temple but I will reschedule once again next time just for this temple group.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 18, 2023
  • midway42
    Georgia3,375 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A visit to Cambodia’s most recent UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Located about 80 miles from Siem Reap, recent improvements in infrastructure have made this a day trip from the town. The area served as the singular capital of the Khmer Empire from 928 to 944CE under Kings Jayavarman IV and Harshavarman II and is vast by non-motorized standards; 42 structures dot a landscape of over 30 square kilometers. In just a few decades the area has gone from being one of the most heavily land mined in Cambodia to a being inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list exactly a week before I posted this review. If a trip to Beng Mealea (see separate review) reminded me of Indiana Jones scaling unsteady temple ruins with a whip in his hand, a trip here was the rough equivalent of Indy running through the jungle while dodging poisonous blow-darts from painted indigenous tribes (not really, but you get the idea.) I visited here on a day trip from Siem Reap after seeing Prasat Preah Vihear (see separate review) at the Cambodian border. My visit consisted of seeing maybe a half dozen structures, starting with Prasat Pram. These towers were entirely engulfed by strangler figs, making Ta Prohm seem well manicured. A climb up the seven stories of Prasat Thom followed, with sweeping views over the local countryside and slight trepidation about the descent down the skinny wooden stairs. A visit to a few smaller temples followed, with my guide explaining the various ongoing restoration processes. Total time onsite was maybe 90 minutes. This was an above average visit for two main reasons: a complete lack of crowds and insight into archeological refurbishment. The former was perhaps less pronounced having just visited Preah Vihear, but welcome nonetheless. I literally had the entire seven-story temple to myself for the entire time which was an enjoyable respite from the moderate hustle and bustle of the Angkorian temples closer to Siem Reap. The latter was more due to my guide than any formal didactics, but I did get to see the amount of time and effort that goes into making a site “UNESCO worthy” which was impressive. The downside is somewhat obvious: access. It’s a bit off the beaten path but can be done for “only” a few hundred dollars with an independent guide via Tours By Locals. Recommended.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 24, 2023
  • HMKaren
    Los Angeles, California1,348 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beatiful, climb the temple for amazing views!
    Koh Ker has a few beautiful spots to see, but you also get to clime a pretty tall temple. There is a wooden staircase built at one corner of the temple, so it may look imposing, but it wasn't bad at all. But go early before it gets too hot and humid. The view was fantastic! This temple is not included with the Angkor Ticket, it cost us $10 each. Koh Ker is 2 1/2 hours (110 km) northeast of Siem Reap---a bit of a drive, but we paired it with Beng Mealea (which was SPECTACULAR) to make the time more worth it. You can buy the Koh Ker ticket at Beng Melea. Really glad we went, we had a great day.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 11, 2024
  • Lovanski M
    Budapest, Hungary7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing piramit temple in Cambodia
    The best Piramit temple is in Cambodia and located about 90 kilometers from Siem Reap. This place also has many temples nearby, Brasat Bram, Neang khmao are beautiful but the big temple Koh Ker is amazing. 100% recommend to visit this temple.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 24, 2024
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Kopkhun
Berwyn, PA34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
My wife I have visited Cambodia Angkor many times but this was our first visit Koh Ker. We should not have waited so long. Koh Ker is a gorgeous site that we think ranks with the best of Angkor. We were at times alone at the site and saw only a handful of visitors the entire visit. Go now if you can. With the development of the new airport we predict Koh Ker will draw tourists at the level Angkor Wat.
Written February 24, 2020
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And_Ros
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Dec 2019
this is actually not a temple, but a whole archaeological site of the former Khmer capital. A bit off the beaten track, it includes the famous and a bit mysterious pyramid of Prasat Thom, which is the only pyramid-shaped temple of the area. Avoid the weekends and it's likely you'll find the site with little or no tourists at all
Written January 3, 2020
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Cambodia Taxi By Mr Smarty
Siem Reap, Cambodia238 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Business
This is Cambodia Pyramid . Called Prasat Thom located in Koh ker Temple group and Prasat Bram at Preah Vihear city. If you like to explore more and more ancient places and temple please come to visit this places you will never forget it.

High recommend
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Smarty
Written January 13, 2020
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kamaaina96822
Honolulu, HI864 contributions
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Jul 2022
My Cambodian friend who is also an experienced guide arranged a visit to Koh Ker. The temple is the only tiered type in Cambodia, resembling more the structures one would find in Central America.

There's also one of the largest linga sculptures I've ever seen. Definitely unique and with panoramic view of the country side. Also virtually empty unlike Angkor Wat.
Written August 23, 2022
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PGPerth
Perth, Australia410 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We arranged a driver to take us on an overnight trip to Preah Vihear and, to us, it was definitely worth the time and money. We left Siem Reap early in the morning and stopped at the Koh Ker complex which exceeded our expectations, particularly Prasat Pram which was just stunning with all the tree roots on the towers.

The beauty of the entire Koh Ker complex is that it has a feeling of being much less touristed that the more well known Angkor temples... the sense of adventure combined with the extraordinary beauty of the architecture is all amazing to experience. Most definitely worth the extra drive time.

If you’re looking for more inspiration to visit, check out our YouTube video on our channel ‘Greg and Peta Smith’... there’s also videos of Beng Melea and Preah Vihear too :)
Written March 14, 2020
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HMKaren
Los Angeles, CA1,348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Koh Ker has a few beautiful spots to see, but you also get to clime a pretty tall temple. There is a wooden staircase built at one corner of the temple, so it may look imposing, but it wasn't bad at all. But go early before it gets too hot and humid. The view was fantastic!

This temple is not included with the Angkor Ticket, it cost us $10 each. Koh Ker is 2 1/2 hours (110 km) northeast of Siem Reap---a bit of a drive, but we paired it with Beng Mealea (which was SPECTACULAR) to make the time more worth it. You can buy the Koh Ker ticket at Beng Melea. Really glad we went, we had a great day.
Written February 11, 2024
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chuckymustdie
Australia643 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We hired a private driver to take us here from Siem Reap. Totally worth it. The complex is about 2 hours out of town so I don’t think many people make the effort to go there. There were about 6 other tourists there but we were all so spread out that it felt like we had the complex to ourselves. It is very beautiful with lots of shady trees and the main pyramid temple (Prasat Thom), is very impressive. The climb to the top is well worth the effort.
Written April 12, 2020
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Xhara71
Rochester, UK663 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
Koh Ker is a couple of hours drive from Siem Reap so is it worth it? Probably not unless you are heading that way (I was travelling to Strung Treng) or you are very much into your history.
It’s similar to Bakong temple inasmuch as it’s a pyramid shape although it is much taller. It’s 169 steps to the top, (the wooden steps are at the back) and so it offers good views of the surrounding countryside. Also because of the distance from SR it only gets a few visitors. I gave it a 4 because once you’re there it is very good. Probably best to do along with Kulen mountain
Written February 1, 2023
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Ference BT
New York City, NY12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
I's been visit this temple for one day tour to Preh Vihea temple. The temple was gorgeous quiet,and less tourist that know it. I am really surprised that the Fabolous once hidden. It was a bit short time after Preh Vihea temple but I will reschedule once again next time just for this temple group.
Written September 19, 2023
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Lovanski M
Budapest, Hungary7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The best Piramit temple is in Cambodia and located about 90 kilometers from Siem Reap. This place also has many temples nearby, Brasat Bram, Neang khmao are beautiful but the big temple Koh Ker is amazing. 100% recommend to visit this temple.
Written June 24, 2024
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