Thursday, July 25, 2024

Angkor Archeological Park

Preah Ko Temple

Explore the heart of the Khmer ancestral empire

     Dedicated on 25 January 880 by King Indravarman I to his ancestors, the temple also called Holy Bull, features particularly refined stucco work on its brick walls.

Elegant brick temple, it consists of six towers on a single base. Shiva was the main divinity worshiped at Preah Ko.


     The temple of Preah Ko, the sacred bull to whom this complex of stone and brick is dedicated, is bordered by a moat to the north and a moat to the south.

The temple was officially called Paramesvara, a name which means Supreme God and usually designates Shiva. Here, however, the name Paramesvara also is the posthumous name of King Jayavarman II, the founder of the Angkorian empire. Preah Ko was dedicated by Indravarman in 879 AD (CE) to the memory of Jayavarman II, represented in the central sanctuary of the eastern side of the base platform. The side towers were dedicated to the ancestors of Indravarman himself.

The rectangular area enclosing the monument measures about 500 meters by 400 meters. The western section may also have once contained other buildings made of less durable materials which served as houses for ordinary inhabitants.

The temple of Preah Ko initiated the tradition of temples dedicated to ancestors which each subsequent Angkorian king had to build, preferably before constructing the temple which would be dedicated to his own destined cult.

From an artistic point of view, we should try to imagine the six sanctuaries of the platform covered in white, finely carved stucco. One can still see remaining sections of this covering which allows us to glimpse the great refinement which the sculptures of the temple once had.

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Info and tips for visitor

Date :

9th century


Preah Ko

Opening hours

7:30 am to 5:30 pm


Indravarman I




45 minutes

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