Preah Ko

Preah Ko overview

Preah Ko is a temple complex in Cambodia, located in the northern province of Banteay Meanchey. It is considered to be one of the earliest examples of the Angkor Wat style of Khmer architecture, and is thought to have been built in the 9th or 10th century.

Preah Ko consists of a central temple surrounded by several smaller structures, including a library and several towers. The temple is decorated with elaborate carvings and sculptures, many of which depict Hindu mythology. The central tower of the temple is adorned with intricate carvings of mythical creatures, including garudas, lions, and demons.

Despite its age and historical significance, Preah Ko remains relatively unknown to most tourists visiting Cambodia. However, for those interested in the country’s rich cultural heritage and history, it is a must-see site. Today, the temple is a popular destination for archaeologists, historians, and tourists alike, and is considered one of the most important sites in Cambodia.

The state of preservation is not good except for six shrines in the center.

Preah Ko

The picture below is Nandin, the holy cow. I have several, but they are all very worn.


The brick part is badly damaged, but the relief made of sandstone is relatively well preserved.

Preah Ko

Inscription at Preah Kor. It seems that the ancient Khmer language is mixed with Sanskrit words.



Preah Ko is not located in Angkor Complex. There are many tours and full list is available here.