Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia

Roluos Group Temples at Angkor - visiting Preah Ko, Lolei Temple and Bakong.

Angkor Archaeological Park - The Roluos Group This group of three main Khmer Temples are around 13kms from Siem Reap. Located on the site of Hariharalaya (the first Khmer Capital) the Roluos Group are named after the small town of Roluos and are the oldest monuments in the Angkor area.

Excellent carvings at Cambodia's Lolei Temple, Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. Lolei Temple, Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. Inside Theravada monastery, Lolei Temple, Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia.

Lolei Temple - Angkor Roluos Group - Cambodia.

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Founded by King Yasovarman I (who was known as The Leper King because of his leprosy), Lolei Temple is dedicated to Shiva and to previous members of the Royal Family. It consists of 4 central brick towers built on a terrace all of which are in a somewhat tumbledown state but there are still some really good carvings on them to look at. Adjacent to the temple is a modern Theravada Buddhist monastery.

Statues in front of a tower at Preah Ko, Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. Preah Ko towers, Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia.

Preah Ko Temple (or the Sacred Bull Temple) - Angkor Archaeological Park.


This sandstone Hindu Temple is dedicated to Shiva and was built by King Indravarman I. It has 2 rows of 3 brick towers each sat on a platform in front of which are three statues which represent Nandi (in Hindu mythology Nandi the white bull was Shiva's gatekeeper). Facing eastwards the central tower is the highest of the three and is dedicated to Jayavarman II who was the founder of the Khmer Empire. One of the main features at Preah Ko are the well preserved carvings on the door lintels which show three-headed nagas ridden by horsemen.
Carvings on the lintels at Preah Ko, Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. Preah Ko temple, Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. Shiva Temple of Preah Ko, Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. Preah Ko Towers, Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia.

The dusty walk up to Bakong Temple in Cambodia. The moat surrounding Bakong Temple, Roluos Group, Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. Bakong Temple, Angkor Archaeological Park Ruluos Group, Cambodia.

Bakong Temple - Angkor Roluos Temple Group in Cambodia.


Constructed of sandstone and situated upon an artificial mound, Bakong Temple dates back to around 881 (therefore pre-dating Angkor Thom),
Bakong is the largest temple within the Roluos Group and was King Indravarman 1's official state temple. Bakong Temple is surrounded by a fairly wide moat and therefore reached by a causeway which is guarded by ferocious Nagas. The Temple rises in fives stages - the first three of which are enhanced by stone elephants around the edges.
The Bakong Temple at Angkor Roluos Group, Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. Bakong Temple Towers, Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. Sat on a platform, the imposing Bagkong at Bagong Temple, Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. Bakong Temple Tower carvings, Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia.
The top stage has a square central sanctuary - this has four levels and a lotus shaped tower in the centre. The entire Temple is surrounded by eight huge brick towers all of which have nicely carved decorations.
Bakong Towers, Ruluos Group, Cambodia Bakong Towers, Angkor Roluos in Cambodia. Angkor Roluos Group of Temples - Bakong Temple. A bell shaped tower at Bakong Temple, Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia.

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