Krol Romeas is a non-religious structure which was used as an elephant pen. Other than this, virtually nothing is known about it.
The mysterious place is rarely visited but it’s well worth a visit if you have time. Once you enter the circular confines of Krol Romeas, it’s like you’re in a different world.
15 - 30 minutes
To reach Krol Romeas, head north through Angkor Thom and exit via the north gate. After a couple of hundred meters, you’ll see Krol Romeas on the right hand side. Due to its close proximity to Angkor Thom, Krol Romeas is easily reachable by all modes of transport.
Siem Reap: 12.7km
Angkor Thom: 2.6km
Banteay Prei: 2.7km
Angkor Wat: 12.7km
Preah Khan: 900m
Krol Romeas is very rarely visited by tourists. The Angkor Grand Circuit Tour passes right past it, but most tours won’t stop. If you have time, it’s worth to stop and spend some time at Krol Romeas, just to take a break and walk among the trees.
There is no accommodation available in the Angkor Archaeological Park. Most guests will stay in the nearby Siem Reap town. There are hundreds of hotels of all shapes and sizes to suit all budgets.
Why Visit Krol Romeas?
Take a stop here to get some unique photos and escape the large crowds at the other temples. It’s a very peaceful spot, so it could be a good opportunity to sit back and relax or meditate.
Nothing is known about Krol Romeas. It’s believed that it was used as an elephant pen.
It’s likely that the area was abandoned with the other temples in the region at some point during the 16th century.
Layout and Design
Krol Romeas is a circular structure. Other similar structures would have been built from perishable materials and wouldn’t have survived until today. Krol Romeas was built from stone and has lasted through the centuries.
When entering the circular wall, it’s like going back in time. The area seems untouched and there is plenty of wildlife still around with butterflies all over the place.
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