Rampart of Koh Ker Temple
Another kilometer down to trail is the rampart of Koh Ker temple. 1 kilometer long and 2 kilometers high, it is made of laterite. Koh Ker teple is the middle of a rampart, surrounded by 20 more temples. Some of the temples are:
Kuk Temple or Gopura
Kuk temple or Gopura is made of sandstone and has a sculpture of lotus petals on the temple fronton. Although the door frame is damaged, most of the temple is in good condition. A Shiva lingam that once was housed inside has been looted.
Prang temple is constructed of sandstone and bricks. There are five separate parts of this temple. About 70 percent of the temple is still standing.
About 10 meters farther is Krahom temple4. Constructed of brick and shaped like a seven-level pyramid, the temple is decorated with a 20-meter-tall sculpture of lotus petals. Inside the temple, there is a 3-meter-tall statue of Shiva with eight arms and four heads. The statue is supported by a 1-square-meter base. The statue is seriously damaged, only some parts remain.
Farther down is Khmao temple. On the wall and door frame of the temple, there is a partially damaged inscription. Near the temple is a rampart gateway to Kampiang temple. the gateway is a 2-meter staircase. Some sculptures of lotus petals, seven-headed nagas and garudas remain.
Koh Ker Temple
About 300 meters farther to the west is Kampiang or Koh Ker temple. From a distance, the temple looks like a small hill, because it is covered by forest. Up close, however, it is actually a 35-meter-high stupa made of sandstone. It has seven levels, each level about 5 meters above the other. Each deck has a 2-meter-wide terrace, and there is a 55-step staircase to the top. At the top of the temple, there are large statues of garudas supporting Shiva lingam Treypuvanesvara. Nearby, there is a 4-meter square well, now completely covered by grass. According to local villagers, if a coconut is dropped into this well, it will appear in the pond near Neang Khmao temple. There is vegetation growing on the top of the temple, and from there visitors have an excellent view of the surrounding landscape, in particular, Phnom Danrek, Phnom Tbeng, and Kulen district.
To the north of Koh Ker temple is another temple, Damrei Sar temple, but it is heavily damaged. To the northwest is langam temple. This temple once housed three Shiva lingams, but some are now damaged.
Bakan or Preah Khan Temples
The Bakan temples are located in Ta Siang village, Ronakse commune, Sangkum Thmei district, about 105 kilometers southwest of the provincial town. The temple was built in the reign of King Suryavarman I (AD 1002-1050), on a plain that was a former worship place of the king. The temple is surrounded by two ramparts-insides and outside rampart. Inside each rampart, there are many other temples such as Neang Peou and Dangkao Baodos temples.
The temple was likely a royal palace and worship place. According to historians, the site used to be a hiding place of the King Jayavarman VII before he ascended to the throne in AD 1181 because the style of some construction similar to the style of Bayon and Ta Prohm temples.
Outside the rampart, there are many other temples such as Preah Damrei, Preah Thkaol, Ta Prohm, Muk Boun, and Preah Stung temples.
Noreay temples are located in Krala village, Pring Thom commune, Choam Ksan district, about 32 kilometers northeast of Preah Vihear provincial town. There are three temples stand separate from each other about 200 meters. The first site is surrounded by double rampart which is 100 meters long and 50 meters wide made of laterite. It includes five temples made of sandstone, laterite, and brick. The second site was completely damaged only temple base remain. The third site house Preah Noreay, but the temple was seriously damaged only Preah Noreay statue remain.
According to the study, Noreay temples were built at the same time with Sambo Preykuk temples in 7th century. The temples are recently completely covered by forest.
Phnom Pralean Temple
Phnom Pralean temple is on a 180 meters small hill located in Krang Dong village, Preah Kliang commune, Tbiang Meanchey district, about 25 kilometers from the provincial town. The laterite and sandstone temple, built to worship Brahmanism, is 160 meters long and 60 meters wide. Surrounding the temple is a beautiful nature and abundant fresh airs where a good place to visit is.
Neak Buos Temple
Neak Buos Temple is located in Choam Ksan district, about 75 kilometers north of Tbiang Meanchey provincial town. The laterite, sandstone, and brick temple is 50 meters square and built on a plain to worship Brahmanism. It is very difficult to reach the temple because of bad road condition.
Krapum Chhouk Temple
Krapum Chhouk temple is located in Romdos commune, Rovieng district, about 45 kilometers south of the provincial town. The laterite and sandstone temple was built in the late 10th century to worship Brahmanism.
Kork Beng Temple
Kork Beng temple is located in Wat Prasat Chey Preouk in Kork Beng village, Kompong Pranak commune, Tbiang Meanchey district. The laterite and sandstone temple was built between AD 936 and 951 by a commander named Kork on ordered from King Jayavarman IV. There is a huge Beng tree near the temple. Therefore, the King named the temple Kork Beng. Today only a few stones of the ancient temple remain. The temple, however, was reconstructed with concrete in 1998. The new temple is 8 meters high and 12 meters square. There is a statue of Bodhasattva in temple center, where the worship place is.
Foot of Phnom Tbeng Wat Bak Kam
Wat Bak Kam is located along Tbeng mountain foot in Bak Kam village, Chhien Muk commune, Tbeng Meanchey district, about 17 kilometers west of the provincial town. The pagoda is 1000 meters long and 400 meters wide. The site offers nice view, forest and fresh air year round. Local villagers usually visit this site during holidays or national festivals.
Beside the pagoda, there is a large rock called Thma Peung Angkam5. According to local people, in the past, because of the failure of war with neighboring country, the Khmer commander and his troops hid under that rock. They cultivated rice in a nearby field to support their living. They husked rice under that rock and left the chaff. Later, local villagers found a lot of Thma Peung Angkam. The rock is also believed to be an important worship site.
Wat Peung Preah Kor
Wat Peung Preah Kor is worship place located in Mohapo village, Chhean Muk commune, Tbeng Meanchey district, next to the foot of Tbeng Mountain. The site feature beautiful natures and is a good place for local and foreign visitors to relax. Superstitious people believe that the site is very powerful.