Koh Ker temple & village is located about 150 km from Siem Reap in the north-east of Cambodia.
Drive time from Siem Reap
A trip to Koh Ker brings you deep into the Cambodian countryside and way back in time. We head north-east from the west of Kulen National Park. From there it’s 85 km to the small village of Seyong, passing through some remote villages and a beautiful forest populated by deer. Guests travel another 30 minutes before entering this massive complex of temples and a small village behind the main temple, where about 75 families live.
Also know as Chok Gargyar, this single pyramid temple dates from the late 9th to mid 12th centuries. Established between 918 and 921AD, it was built by Jayavarman IV who had feuded with family and as a result, constructed this unusual temple and moved the capital to here from 921 to 945AD. It was a short-lived pre-angkorian capital. This monument consists of five brick towers in a row - a very unusual style. They were arranged north south and opened to the east. The central tower is most important. The type of architecture and decoration was in general that of the Art of Indravaman. The temple was dedicated to Vishnu.
This temple is referred to in inscriptions in other temples such as Prasat Kravan and Prasat Thom in the Angkor Complex in Siem Reap. The inscriptions say of Jayavarman IV and Koh Ker “founded by his own power, a city which was the seat of prosperities of the universe”. The country was finally reunited under him.
It is considered in three groups;
If you are not very interested in temples, the remoteness of this location will impress, the nature, the butterflies, the size of the main temple and closeness of all the others smaller ones and perhaps a quiet moment listening to the sounds of birds and the noises of the surrounding jungle while sitting on a massive column, belonging to the ancient 10 century capital of the Khmer empire See our new photo gallery of Koh Ker
Hidden Cambodia has built its own guets lodge in Koh Ker Village with provate rooms, behind the temple, a large wooden house on stilts with a view of Koh Ker from the balcony. We stay amongst the community, beside the village chief and the friendly faces of the villagers and this small community in the shadow of the temple. Food is brought from HC Base.
Camping is also an option for those that want to camp beside some remote temples. We can hang hammocks at the temple in a wooden cabana. We meet with the chief of the village on arrival and he usually joins us for food and leaves us some trusted friends to sleep out with us. T
Seyong Village has grown considerably and has a small guests house .
Food & Beverage
4WD tours carry their own cook and food . Dirt bike tours that are supported by 4WD carry also transport a cook and all food with them from HC base in Siem Reap.
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