Tour guide included
Morning: pick up from your hotel at 8 am to visit Beng mealea Temple that was located 70 km from Siem Reap city, it takes about 1 and half hour to get there one way by our private taxi. And our tour guide will escort and show you around about 1 hour at Beng Mealea Temple then we will have lunch at local restaurant around there after that we continues to Koh Ker temple that will take about 45minutes to get there from Beng Mealea Temple. At least our tour guide will spend 1 hour to show you about Koh Ker Temple as history and culture. Our tour guide and driver will bring you back your hotel after finish itinerary.
About Beng Mealea Temple
It was built as a Hindu temple, but there are some carvings depicting Buddhist motifs. Its primary material is sandstone and it is largely unrestored, with trees and thick brush thriving amidst its towers and courtyards and many of its stones lying in great heaps. For years it was difficult to reach, but a road recently built to the temple complex of Koh Ker passes Beng Mealea and more visitors are coming to the site, as it is 77 km from Siem Reap by road
The corridor in the temple.
The history of the temple is unknown and it can be dated only by its architectural style, identical to Angkor wat, so scholars assumed it was built during the reign of king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. Smaller in size than Angkor Wat, the king's main monument, Beng Mealea nonetheless ranks among the Khmer empire's larger temples: the gallery which forms the outer enclosure of the temple is 181 m by 152 m. It was the center of a town, surrounded by a moat 1025 m by 875 m large and 45 m wide.
About Koh Ker Temple
Under the reign of the kings Jayavarman IV and Harshavarman II Koh Ker was briefly the capital of the whole empire (928944 AD). Jayavarman IV forced an ambitious building program. An enormous water-tank and about forty temples were constructed under his rule. The most significant templecomplex, a double sanctuary (Prasat Thom/Prang), follows a linear plan and not a concentric one like most of the temples of the Khmer kings. Unparalleled is the seventiered and 36-metre (118 ft) high pyramid, which most probably served as state temple:103 of Jayavarman IV. Really impressive too are the shrines with the twometer 6 ft 7 in high lingas.