Krol Romeas

A curiosity

What we say: 2.5 stars

Situated in a wooded area just to the right of the road after leaving Angkor Thom’s north gate on the way to Preah Khan, Krol Romeas is not a temple and is thought to have been constructed as an arena of some sort, perhaps for taming wild elephants.

The path to Krol Romeas. When flooded, this is as far as you can get.

The path to Krol Romeas. When flooded, this is as far as you can get.

However, ‘romeas’ means rhinoceros, whereas ‘damrei’ means elephants, so the name doesn’t really make much sense. All that can be seen today is a deep laterite walled enclosure or pit with obvious evidence of additional wooden constructions. It was within easy distance of the parade ground and royal palace area, but just outside the populated area of ‘downtown’ Angkor Thom.

Easy to miss.

Easy to miss.

A wooden sign on the left of the road points to the entrance on the right — our photos are disastrously bad as the path floods very easily so often you won’t be able to get there. If that’s the case, don’t bother trying going through other paths nearby to get around to it — we tried an ‘unmarked forest route’ to no avail.

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East side of the road upon exiting via Angkor Thom's northern gate
Last updated: 31st January, 2015

About the author:
Caroline swapped the drizzle of Old Blighty for the dazzling sunshine of Siem Reap and she spends most weekends cycling the temple-studded terrain that she can call her backyard.
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East side of the road upon exiting via Angkor Thom's northern gate
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