Koh Ker, 118km to the north-east of Siem Reap, is like Angkor Wat's less developed, less studied and less easily reachable cousin. Here in the thick of the jungle stand 42 temples and numerous more sculptures in a rather decrepit state. Only about half of the temples can be visited as the forests are too thick and the entire area has not been demined yet.
Koh Ker was an important city in the Khmer empire, established by King Jayavarman IV who briefly moved the capital here. During a period of just several decades, the temples and sculptures that stand and/or stood here were constructed. We write "stood", as during the country's civil war looting took place and many of the archaeological treasures can now be found elsewhere.
In a way its current undeveloped state (which the government is working on changing, for instance by opening a visitors center) is what makes it an interesting place to visit - for now. Imagine hiking around in the jungle and just stumbling upon these buildings? That's the feeling you get wandering around here.
The main building the visitors that currently do make it here flock to is the pyramid of Prasat Thom (pictured). [Review by travelindicator]
- Koh Ker is a region in Cambodia. It is situated at an altitude of 249ft and the best airport to fly into is PNH (Phnom Penh International, Phnom Penh)
- The currency used in Cambodia is the Cambodian riel (KHR)
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