Krol Ko is a small Buddhist temple dating back from the 12th century. It was originally built as a Buddhist temple by King Jayavarman VII in the style of Bayon.

The temple is just north of the entrance to Neak Pean and largely overlooked by most tourists. For this reason, it’s a great place to come and visit because you can escape the crowds and explore this small but interesting temple on your own.

Temple Facts

Date:

Late 12th century

Religion:

Buddhism

Built By:

Jayavarman VII

Dedicated To:

Unknown

Style:

Bayon

Best Time to Visit:

Anytime

Length of Visit:

15 - 45 minutes

Temple Pass:

Required

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Krol Ko Temple Guide

Location

Krol Ko is located a few hundred metres to the north of Neak Pean temple. It’s about 1km to the east of Preah Khan temple. As you drive along the road adjacent to Jayatataka, you will see it on the left side when you get to the turning for Neak Pean.

Getting There

Krol Ko temple is located along the grand circuit. You can reach the temple by heading north from Angkor Thom past Krol Romeas. Turn right at Preah Khan temple and head towards Neak Pean and Ta Som. You will see the temple of the left side as you reach the entrance to Neak Pean.

Alternatively, you can head east from Angkor Wat towards Srah Srang and East Mebon. Keep going north after East Mebon and past the Siem Reap River. After you reach Ta Som, turn left towards Neak Pean and you’ll see Krol Ko temple on the right side.

Coordinates

13.4681846, 103.8931795

Distances

Siem Reap - 20.1km

Ta Som - 2.1km

Banteay Prei - 2.3km

East Mebon - 4.6km

Neak Pean - 500m

Tours

It’s unlikely that most tours will include Krol Ko on the itinerary as it’s not often visited by tourists. However, it is on the route for the Angkor Wat Grand Circuit. If you’re on a private tour or you’re getting yourself around, then it’s easy to stop along the way. You can visit the temple before or after stopping to see Neak Pean.

It’s also unlikely that you’ll come this way just to see Krol Ko. You can see it when visiting the other temples in the area, such as Neak Pean, Ta Som or Preah Khan temples.

Accommodation

Hotels are not allowed inside the Angkor Park. Nearly all visitors will stay in Siem Reap town and make the short journey to visit the temple. In Siem Reap, you will find many types of accommodation to suit all preferences and budgets.

Why Visit Krol Ko?

If you’re looking for a quiet spot to get some photos, do some meditation, or just escape from the crowds and relax, then Krol Ko is a good choice. You can get some great photos without other visitors getting in the way. The trees in the area also offer some cool shade for you to relax and take a break.

History

Little is known about Krol Ko temple. It’s known that it was built by King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century or early 13th century. Like other temples built by Jayavarman VII, it was a Buddhist temple built in the Bayon style.

It’s thought that Krol Ko was abandoned alongside the other temples in the region at some point in the 16th century.

In the 19th century, Krol Ko was rediscovered by French explorers.

Layout and Design

Krol Ko consists of a single tower with two laterite walls surrounding it. There was an entry tower on the east side and a moat. To the west, there is a library built from sandstone and laterite. The central tower or sanctuary is in the middle of a cross shaped terrace.

Some carvings are still visible. The two notable ones include Avalokitesvara standing on a lotus surrounded by devotees. Moreover, there is a scene depicting Krishna sheltering shepherds by lifting Mount Govardhana. It might be this inscription where the modern name Krol Ko (Shed of the Oxen) comes from.

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