Photo: Old meets new at Krol Ko.

Krol Ko

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Set north of Neak Pean, overlooking the Jayatataka Baray, the very little-visited Krol Ko falls firmly into the “if you’re in the neighbourhood” category of Angkor sites.

There are a few sites scattered near Neak Pean on the Grand Circuit. Krol Ko lies to the north, Ta Som to the east, Banteay Prei and Preah Khan to the west and Ta Nei to the south—all coming together to indicate that perhaps once, many moons ago, this was a heavily populated area clustered around the baray. An Angkor Thom suburb if you will!

Small temple, the exact purpose unknown. Photo taken in or around Krol Ko, Angkor, Cambodia by Caroline Major.

Small temple, the exact purpose unknown. Photo: Caroline Major

This is a small but cute temple set in a very quiet wooded location. The centrepiece rests on a laterite platform, there’s a laterite and sandstone wall and gopuras, with a tumbled down central sandstone tower. As with nearby Banteay Prei, Krol Ko is orientated east but would also have had a splendid view to the south across the Jayatataka Baray. The structure is fairly ruined but some interesting carvings remain, though most of them now lie on the ground.

It only takes a few short minutes to have a quick wander around before moving on to one of the other nearby temples.

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