Photo: Gorgeous lintels.

Preah Ko

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Preah Ko—The Sacred Bull—is one of a handful of sites that make up the Roluos group of temples, moments from impressive Bakong.

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What remains of it today are six small brick towers in two rows of three, sitting on a sandstone base along with a handful of outlying buildings in various state of ruins; it was home to one of the first libraries built during the Angkor era. Each tower is dedicated to one of Indravarman’s ancestors, including Jayavarman II, considered to be the founding father of the Khmer empire.

The main affair. Photo taken in or around Preah Ko, Angkor, Cambodia by Caroline Major.

The main affair. Photo: Caroline Major

The sides of the doors of all six brick temples contain long inscriptions, but the big find here was the temple foundation steele in the gopura of the first enclosure. While the steele has been removed, part of the inscription is the eulogy of Indravarman I and reads, according to G. Coedes in Maurice Glaize’s ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

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