©Photo: Ly Heng Heoung

Krol Ko ប្រាសាទក្រោលគោ is a small Buddhist temple from the 12th century. Its name means “Park of the Oxen” and lies about a hundred meters north from the artificial island Neak Pean  nearby the grand circuit.

The Temple Krol Ko was erected by the King Jayavarman VII at the end of the 12th century.

Architecture of Krol Ko

The temple buildings – a tower and a so-called “library” – are surrounded by two walls. The purpose and function of “library”-buildings, which are quite common in Khmer architecture, are unknown. The main temple tower of Krol Ko is built in the middle of a cross-shaped terrace.

The most interesting items at Krol Ko are the pediments on the ground. Some of them are restored, like the triangular pediments with Avalokitesvara standing on a lotus surrounded by devotees or the one with Krishna who lifts Mount Govardhana with his little finger to give shelter to the shepherds.

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