Krol Ko

March 1, 2009

in Angkor Temples

Temple Name: Krol Ko
Notable Features: Depictions of the bodhisattva Lokesvara in the temple courtyard.
Getting There: Krol Ko is located on the road from Preah Kahn to Ta Som. The temple is located on the left, 100 meters after Neak Pean, which is located on the right.

The Temple of Lokesvara

Krol Ko was built by King Jayavarman II sometime in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. Jayavarman II dedicated the temple to the tenants of Buddhism.

Krol Ko consists of a single central tower, surrounded by brilliant red laterite walls. Visitors enter the temple from the east, through a simple gateway in one of the external laterite walls. Once inside, visitors may roam the temple’s courtyard: a 25 by 35 meter rectangle. Depictions of Krol Ko’s patron deity, the bodhisattva Lokesvara, can be seen throughout the temple courtyard.

Krol Ko is in a moderate state of ruin and receives very little tourist traffic. As a result, a visit to Krol Ko can be a pleasant escape from the busy grounds of neighboring temples.

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