TWHS: Koh Ker, Cambodia

Continuing north from Beng Mealea today, we have another site generally grouped in with Angkor as a destination but has its own Tentative World Heritage Site nomination:

Le site de Koh Ker

Koh Ker, Cambodia


Le groupe de Koh Ker (première moitié du Xème siècle) présente plusieurs sanctuaires de grandes dimensions construits en latérite. Toutfois, il existe aussi d’autres monuments ou la brique, la latérite et le grès coexistent. l’ordonnancement du plan du Prasat Thom de Koh Ker est remarquable par la combinaison de son plan axé et l’existence de plusieurs enceintes successives.

or, en anglais,

The group of Koh Ker (first half of the 10th century) presents several large sanctuaries built in laterite. However, there are also other monuments where brick, laterite and sandstone coexist. the ordering of Prasat Thom’s plan of Koh Ker is remarkable by the combination of his focused plan and the existence of several successive enclosures.

Now, there’s a few things here that make this place particularly interesting.

First off, as no doubt any of you who have ever seen pictures of Mayan temples in Guatemala and so on —

— which is anyone who’s seen Star Wars or The Force Awakens, as Tikal stands in for Yavin in those movies —

— that pyramid looks remarkably like Mayan architecture. Suspiciously so, in fact.

Interestingly, walking around the Angkor temples we’d already noticed that the architecture was internally rather reminescent of Maya construction. This similarity has not escaped the professionals, see for instance

The Connection – the Khmer & The Maya?

It’s also attracted a great deal of non-professional interest, see for instance

Revealing the Mysterious Story of the Koh Ker Pyramid in Cambodia

This pyramid obviously isn’t like other temples in Cambodia. However, somehow the architects pushed it together with the temples. The term which is used for this pyramid is Koh Ker Temple, but almost all the elements for the pyramid as an energy machine are present here.

The pyramid is the most powerful shape when it comes to energy. It amplifies existing, natural sources of energy. The artificial construction materials are sandstone blocks (conductivity) and volcanic blocks (the presence of iron as an electromagnetic source). The constructed artificial lakes and channels around the pyramid allow for water flow, releasing negative ions as an energy source and using kinetic energy from the water stream…

Errrr … well, could be. We need a little more actual evidence to sign on fully, but there’s definitely something that needs some explanation about why you would plop a great big pyramid like this right here, with nothing evident in the view from the top about just why right here is such a special place:

Koh Ker, Cambodia

What makes it even more interesting is that if you walk around the other temples surrounding it — take a look at the walls here,

Koh Ker, Cambodia

and the temple here,

Koh Ker, Cambodia

To us at least it’s pretty darn clear that these are not anywhere near the same architecture or construction as the pyramid. There’s nothing like the huge mortarless blocks of the pyramid anywhere else around here…

… which makes really rather doubt that they were all erected at the same time. Which, naturally, begs the question of if it wasn’t the Khmers who built the pyramid, as they clearly did the other temples surrounding it, then who did? And where are all the other structures built like the pyramid?


p dir=”ltr”>Well, we’ve got no answers there, but we definitely recommend you make some time for visiting Koh Ker and see for yourself what you think!

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