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Preah Ko – Temple


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Located around 15 km south east of the main group of temples at Angkor, Preah Ko is one of the oldest of all the Angkor regions temples built by King Indravarman I in 879 AD. The name Preah Ko actually means sacred bull which is taken from the many bull statues located in the front of and facing the temple’s central towers believed to represent Nandi the Hindu god Shiva’s mount.

Preah Ko Temple

Preah Ko Temple

Known for its intricate and detailed carvings of Hindu mythology its successful completion is often credited with its builder – King Indravarman I relatively peaceful reign and ability to obtain income from his rapidly increasing empire.

The temple itself is relatively modest compared to some of the later ones and consists of six brick towers arranged in two rows of three sat atop a sandstone platform. The central front tower is marginally larger than the other towers and is dedicated to Jayavarman II, the founder of the Khmer empire, with the towers to the left and right of this, dedicated to King Indravarman I’s father and grand father. The three towers behind these represent their wives.