USD

Koh Ker

UNESCO World Heritage site near Siem Reap

Koh Ker was the capital of the Khmer Empire from 928 AD to 944 AD. This was the only interruption in the almost 500 year history of the Khmer Capital being at Angkor. About 20 years after the establishment of the capital at Angkor, there was a breakdown in the line succession for reasons that are unclear, and in 928 AD King Jayavarman IV, probably a usurper to the throne, created a new capital at Koh Ker.

Whatever the reasons for the move to Koh Ker, King Jayavarman IV created a large royal capital of Brahmanic temples, shrines, and prasats, which surrounded a huge Rahal (baray). King Jayavarman IV ruled at Koh Ker for 20 years until his death in 941 AD, and King Hashavarman II, his son, would remain at Koh Ker for some 3 years before returning the capital to Angkor.

Read More

The most important structure here is Prasat Thom, a large temple complex built as a 7-tiered pyramid. Now, there is loop road going around the Rahal, and prasats and small temple structures, and several ruins in good shape stand just off the road. Unusually, some prasats still contain lingas. There are also many other, remote ruins in the area that can be visited. The use of a knowledgeable guide is highly recommended. A round trip to Koh Ker from Siem Reap can take the better part of a day, and can be combined with a trip to Beng Melea. There is a $5.00 entrance fee.

Koh Ker

Location: 100km northeast of Siem Reap,
Construction period: 928 AD to 944 AD
Religion: Hindu
Built by: King Jayavarman IV
Getting there: Take National Highway #6 east from Siem Reap to Damdek, turn north, and follow the signs. There is a toll road for part of the way. Always check road conditions before departing, especially in the rainy season.

Hide Map Show Map
Rate This Place: ( votes)

Related Pages

  • Siem Reap Old Market (Psar Chas)

    Old Market in Siem Reap, situated on the west side of Siem Reap River, is where the local population head to in the Read More»

  • Bamboo Island (Koh Russei)

    A few days on Bamboo Island, off Sihanoukville's coast, comes highly recommended. The boat ride takes about half an hour Read More»

  • 10 Best Family Resorts in Sihanoukville

    The best family resorts in Sihanoukville offer a perfect child-friendly stay in Cambodia’s fun city. Many offer a range Read More»

  • 2 Days in Siem Reap

    Two Days in Siem Reap is pretty much the bare minimum required to see the very best that the city and the surrounding Read More»

  • Tuol Sleng Museum

    Tuol Svay Prey High School was originally built as a secondary school in 1960, during the reign of Preah Batnorodom Read More»

  • 10 Best Affordable Hotels in Koh Rong

    The best affordable hotels in Koh Rong offer cosy guestrooms with in-room amenities, recreational facilities, warm Read More»

Top 10 Hotels in Siem Reap

This selection of the best hotels in Siem Reap is guaranteed to make your stay in this charming town an unforgettable Read More...

Banteay Samre

Built in the distinctive Angkor Wat-style of construction and art, this is a large, relatively low-rise temple. It was Read More...

Kbal Spean

This is the famous river of a 1,000 lingas at Phnom Kulen. These lingas (phallic symbols) were evidently carved into the Read More...

We try to provide free information that is as up-to-date and accurate as possible. However, if you are planning to travel it's a good idea to double check specific dates and information to avoid surprises.

Hotels.com
Loading...