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Review of Koh Ker Temple

Koh Ker Temple
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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 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.
Reviewed July 27, 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. Roads are fabulous everywhere now. No need for a guide in Koh Ker except maybe for Preah Vihear. You can climb Koh Ker pyramid temple via a newly built wooden staircase at the back. Fantastic experience and great views.

5  Thank Lieven V
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Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

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 tropical jungle about 37 m height with comfortable wooden stair case to go up to the top of temple. On the top we can enjoy the view of forestand

4  Thank Pin V
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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 temple.

In one of the temples, a film set of village huts was still standing and this spoilt the scenery a bit.

You would need to hire a car for just over $100, including petrol and driver, to see all the temples. Heng was a professional guide and he showed me the best pots to take photos from.

I recommend this visit if you have a second destination to choose, after a day at Angkor Wat, Ta Prom and Bayon. Make it t least three days in Siem Reap.

3  Thank Bornean
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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 on the left as you enter the complex. It was really cool - as roots were overtaking the building. If you go during rainy season, the path around Koh Ker might be water covered. We were wearing sandals, so no big deal. It was a good drive through the rural countryside as well.

2  Thank brandasa
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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.

Thank Abhijit K
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