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Siem Reap Koh Ker
Location: 100km northeast of Siem Reap
Price: US$ 10, not included in the temple pass
Opening hours: daily, 05:00 - 17:00
Best time to visit: Anytime
Total visiting time: minimum 2 hours up to one day
How to get there: If you have enough pocket money take a helicopter… otherwise the road from Siem Reap to the temple has been finished so it will take by car around 2 hours to get there. Follow route No 6 in direction Phnom Penh to Damdek. Turn north and follow the signs. Otherwise take the road to Beng Melea and follow the route of an ancient highway that runs through Svay Leu district.
The costs for a car to Koh Ker are approximately US$ 70.
Our Tip: Combine a trip to Ko Kehr with a visit to Beng Melea as both temples are not far from each other.
(Koh Ker the former capital of the Khmer empire)
Date: late 9th century, Reign: Jayavarman IV
Koh Ker was long one of the most remote und inaccessible temple sites in Cambodia. Nowadays the temple is a half-day trip away from Siem Reap. Jayavarman IV moved the capital from Angkor to Koh Ker in 928 where it remained throughout his reign until his son Harshavarman I moved the capital back to Angkor in 944.
(Prasat Thom at Koh Ker)
The principal monument of the complex Koh Ker is Prasat Thom, also called Prasat Kompeng, an imposing 40m and 7-tiered sandstone-faced pyramid and temple complex. It is not possible anymore to climb up the pyramid.
(Children playing in the temple grounds of Koh Ker)
Near the road you will also find several nicely preserved ruins, small temple complexes and impressive prasats. There are also dozens of other, more remote ruins in the area, which are now also safe to visit due to the mine clearing in the area, but don’t leave the roads as you will still see ‘Danger Mines!’ signs.
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