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Address: | 100 Km North of Siem Reap, Cambodia
Phone Number:
+855 95 899 993
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

Koh Ker, three hours from Siem Reap, served as the capital of the Khmer...

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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This is what Ta Prohm should be

This temple group is amazing and relatively isolated. We visited with our guide Narin Chum of Narin VIP tours. The temples were covered with fig trees and were far more... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Monterey, California
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Monterey, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This temple group is amazing and relatively isolated. We visited with our guide Narin Chum of Narin VIP tours. The temples were covered with fig trees and were far more interesting than the "Tomb Raider" temple at Ta Prohm. An added bonus is that this site is not very visited and you most likely will have the area to yourself.

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Newdelhi india
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Koh Ker in Khmer language means "Island Of Glory " it was also known as the "City Of Lingas" ascribing to the numerous lingas built there ! I took the full day Siem Reap Shuttle Service costing me $40 +$ 10 Temple entry fee.I found this `UNESCO Heritage Site `to be a remote Archaeological area about 120 kms from Siem... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Koh Ker empire was built in the 10th century. It was even older than Angkor Watt! It was previously not accessible due to road conditions but in recent years the Government has built roads to it. Due to its location, it is about 120km away from city centre, many people opt to skip it. We paid a driver 3... More 

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Warwick, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rising out of the jungle, about 100kms from Seim Reap, an amazing pyramid/temple complex. Great views to Thai border from the top of the pyramid..safe stable walk to the top( quite a few stairs to climb).

Thank Ross H
Tetbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must-do excursion from Siem Reap for anyone who likes jungle temples. About 180 temples were built in the Koh Ker area during the tenth century AD, when, from 928 to 944 it was the capital of the Khmer Kingdom, but many of them are still lost in the jungle, although some are now emerging, thanks to the clearance of... More 

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United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved the temples here. The first temple in the Koh Ker group I visited, it was just me and my guide - what a welcome bit of peace after the craziness that is Angkor. We visited 4 temples in the group but I loved the driving through the park, not the mention the interesting drive to and from Siem... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

This amazing piece of historical architecture will take you quite awhile to drive to, but it is totally worth it. There are very few tourists compared to Siem Reap and the pyramid is amazing. The views from on top are breathtaking. They have added progressive wooden steps with resting platforms so that all can climb up. Just do it and... More 

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Chugiak, Alaska
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

We stopped on our way to Preahear Vihear. Not crowded at all and in more remote area. The temple had 7 levels and we were fortunate to be there on a day when the gate was unlocked. We walked up the seven levels to a beautiful view from the top. You will not want to bypass Koh Ker Temple its... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 1 February 2017

In the middle of a jungle, a couple of hours from Siem Reap, stands a step pyramid temple that affords a view of much of the surrounding area. The climb to the top looks daunting at times, with a wooden staircase along the one side of the temple, but do not fear. Going up the 160(ish) steps is worth it... More 

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Reviewed 31 January 2017

The ticket booth and entrance gate for this temple is a fair drive from the temple itself and when you get there you can find signs telling you all about the mine clearance work that's been done in the area! That said, the temple is spectacular and is a stepped temple very like some of those found in Mexico and... More 

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