Koh Ker is the second largest set of temples in Cambodia, behind Angkor Wat's. Therefore, if you travel to this Asian country you should not miss the opportunity to discover this fabulous place. It is just over 100 kilometers from the city of Siem Reap. Are you with us on this trip to the past?
But before starting the tour, a little clarification. Koh Ker is the modern name of an important city of the Khmer Empire, a powerful kingdom based mainly in Cambodia, but with presence in other countries such as Thailand or Vietnam. In fact, it was its former capital.
Prasat Prang, the most important temple in Koh KerKoh Ker pyramid
Of all the constructions or ruins that Koh Ker is home to, the Prasat Prang temple stands out. In it stands outa double sanctuary pyramid shape. It is 62 meters wide and over 30 meters high, divided into seven levels. And, surely, this was the temple of the state of Jayavarman IV.
But Prasar Prang is much more, it is a complex that follows a linear plane 800 meters long. From east to west we find an immense entrance pavilion and the ruins of two laterite towers. We will also see Prasat Krahom, a red brick tower and a surrounding wall with two courtyards.
In the eastern courtyard is the Prasat Thom temple complex, many of which probably date from before the 10th century B.C. Also the pit that, bordered by various trees, offers a most picturesque picture. Within it there are two dams.
Meanwhile, behind the courtyard where the pyramid is there is an artificial hill that is called the white elephant's grave. Some say it could be the base of a second pyramid or even that it could be the tomb of Jayavarman IV.
Other ruins of interest in Koh KerTemple in Koh Ker
Koh Ker, which extends over an area of 80 km², houses almost 200 temples. However, of them all, today you can only visit a little more than a dozen. Among them would be those already mentioned of Prasat Prang or Prasat Thom, also Prasat Krachap, which is reached after walking on a path.
Some of the temples will be found along the access road or the ring road. Stop to admire them. Look at Prast Leung, where you will see a Siva lingam, one of the best preserved in the whole country.
Another corner to mention is Prasat Neang Khmau, the temple of the black walls. And in Koh Ser you will see 30 structures of great interest and importance that you should not overlook.
Practical information for your visitRuins in Koh Ker
The best way not to lose detail of everything that hides this place is to take a guided tour. Some are organized in Spanish. They last one day and the price will depend on the number of people, but it can be around US $ 289.
In this itinerary, you can also discover the mysterious temple of Beang Malea. A place as beautiful as disturbing. Here, abandonment has caused the roots of trees and verdín to "eat" walls and structures.
Beang Malea remains as it was discovered. Only one wooden walkway has been installed that facilitates the visit to tourists. Thanks to this, the almost fantastic atmosphere of this unique temple is perceived.
And, returning to Koh Ker, point out that it is possible to climb to the top of the Prang pyramid. It is thanks to a new staircase, since the originals of the construction, as well as the bamboo one that was placed in the 20th century, are inaccessible due to the conditions in which they are found.
We hope that after knowing the historical importance of Koh Ker, as well as all the treasures that it hides, and that are not few, you will be encouraged to visit it. Also remember that, although it is an archaeological site less known than Angkor Wat, it is worth it to deviate from your path to visit it, you will not regret.