Koh ker and Beng Mealea Temple Tour

Cultural & Theme Tours in Siem Reap

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We visit Koh Ker temple that built in 10th-century by Jayavarman IV in the north Cambodian jungle. This temple is a remote archaeological site in northern Cambodia about 120 kilometres (75 mi) away from Siem Reap and the ancient site of Angkor and it take time about two and half hours away from Siem Reap, and basic visitors' facilities are now being built. Then we visit Beng Mealea temple built as a Hindu temple, but there are some carvings depicting buddhist motifs. Its primary material is sandstone and it is largely unrestored, with trees and thick brush thriving amidst its towers and courtyards and many of its stones lying in great heaps. For years it was difficult to reach, but a road recently built to the temple complex of Koh Ker passes Beng Mealea and more visitors are coming to the site, as it is 77 km from Siem Reap by road.
Morning time:Early morning we will leave Siem Reap town at 7:30AM to visit Koh Ker temple that built in 10th-century by Jayavarman IV in the north Cambodian jungle. A former capital of the Khmer Empire, the site is now remote and heavily forested. The main structure, Koh Ker Temple, is a stepped 7-tiered pyramid. The large rectangular tank, Rahal Baray, supplied water to the complex. The Prasat Krahom, meaning "red temple," is known for its sandstone carvings, while Prasat Pram is covered in strangler figs. This temple is a remote archaeological site in northern Cambodia about 120 kilometres (75 mi) away from Siem Reap and the ancient site of Angkor and it take time about two and half hours away from Siem Reap, and basic visitors' facilities are now being built. This makes Koh Ker very attractive for anyone who would like to experience lonely temples partly overgrown by the forest.Afternoon time:We visit Beng Mealea temple built as a Hindu temple, but there are some carvings depicting buddhist motifs. Its primary material is sandstone and it is largely unrestored, with trees and thick brush thriving amidst its towers and courtyards and many of its stones lying in great heaps. For years it was difficult to reach, but a road recently built to the temple complex of Koh Ker passes Beng Mealea and more visitors are coming to the site, as it is 77 km from Siem Reap by road.The history of the temple is unknown and it can be dated only by its architectural style, identical to Angkor Wat, so scholars assumed it was built during the reign of king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. Smaller in size than Angkor Wat, the king's main monument, Beng Mealea nonetheless ranks among the Khmer empire's larger temples: the gallery which forms the outer enclosure of the temple is 181 m by 152 m. It was the center of a town, surrounded by a moat 1025 m by 875 m large and 45 m wide. There is extensive carving of scenes from Hindu mythology, including the Churning of the Sea of Milk and Vishnu being borne by the bird god Garuda. Causeways have long balustrades formed by bodies of the seven-headed Naga serpent. We come back to hotel with the beautiful memory from the wonderful day.

What’s included

  • Local English Speaking Tour guide
  • Air-Conditioned Car
  • Drinking Water and Cold Towels
  • Hotel Pickup and Drop Off
  • 50% of the profits we will make with your booking will go directly to support the local disadvantaged communities
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Landing and facility fees

What’s not included

  • Temple Entrance Fee
  • Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner
  • Landmine Museum Ticket
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