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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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Seven levels of heaven

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Lisa N
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Very few people were here when we were; we practically owned the place. Took thousands of photos. Climbing the pyramid was great. Good food just outside of the temples.

1 Thank MorganPaar
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Hello everybody I would like to say sorry first because my English not so good I would like saying that to everyone if you Come to visit temple in siem reap Angkor in Cambodia don't forget koh ker temple

Thank Kim R
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Though it is a bit faraway from other temples or wats in Angkor area, nonetheless it worth the time to move. The style of the particular temple is very different from additional temples. Still it is shut down and we can only go walking it although not going up

2 Thank lingzhang45
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

The 5 star rating is not for Koh Ker main temple (Prasat Thom) but for the nearby Prasat Pram and Prasat Damrei within Koh Ker complex. Prasat Thom is a tiered piramid and still in relatively good shape; it's good but nothing impressive. However Prasat Pram and Prasat Damrei are definitely worth seeing as you will not find similar sights... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

We had a whole day in a car from Siem Reap, cost $120 (entry cost not included), to Prasap Preah Vihear, Koh Ker and Beng Mealea. All were quite different from each other. Koh Ker was our second stop. This was the capital of the Angkorian empire from 928 to 944, i.e. older than Angkor Wat itself. Here we saw... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

It's an all day trip (along with a stop at Beng Mealea) and a bit expensive hiring a driver...but it was so nice to see some temples in peace without the crowds...few good small temples in the complex like Prasat Bram...but the highlight is Prasat Thom, the pyramid that looks more like a Mayan ruin...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

What an amazing surprise to travel through the beautiful Cambodian countryside and to be presented with this beautiful Mayan pyramid. You can if you are game enough climb to the top of the pyramid where there is (or was) a linga. We didn't because of the heat. There are shops and places to eat in a courtyard area outside this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Koh Ker area has many older temples. We visited four or five, culminating with the Koh Ker temple. It's a large pyramid, reminded me of Mayan pyramids. Walk around, climb on top to enjoy the view of the jungle all around. The restaurant on your left if you are facing the temple serves good food at very good prices. The... More 

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