Koh Ker is a remote archaeological site in the north of Cambodia

Koh Ker is a remote archaeological site in the north of Cambodia at about 120 kilometers (75 miles) away from Siem Reap and the ancient site of Angkor. It is a very jungle-full area that is sparsely populated.

More than 180 sanctuaries were found in a protected area of ​​81 square kilometers, only about two dozen monuments can be visited by tourists, because most of the sanctuaries are hidden in the forest and the whole area has not been completely drained. Koh Ker is the modern name for an important city in the Khmer empire. In inscriptions the city is called Lingapura.

Under the reign of the kings Jayavarman IV and Harshavarman II, Koh Ker was in short the capital of the entire empire. Jayavarman IV forced an ambitious building program. A huge water tank and about forty temples were built under his rule. Because of the remote location, the site of Koh Ker was plundered many times by plunderers.

Images of Koh Ker can not only be found in various museums, but also in private collections and masterpieces by Koh Ker are occasionally offered at auctions. These pieces in the present time are considered stolen art. This place is about two and a half hours away from Siem Reap and the basic facilities for visitors are now being built.

This makes Koh Ker very attractive for anyone who wants to experience lonely temples that are partly overgrown by the forest.

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Koh Ker is a remote archaeological site in the north of Cambodia
Koh Ker is a remote archaeological site in the north of Cambodia

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