Koh Ker is a remote temple site about 120 kilometres northeast of Siem Reap. Koh Ker, called Lingapura (city of the Lingas) in ancient inscriptions, was the capital of the Khmer Empire for a very brief period from 928 to 944 CE. In this short time, as well as before and after, many sanctuaries were built and a spectacular seven-tiered pyramid was erected. More than 180 sanctuaries have been found in an area of 81 km2. Immense and beautiful sculptures were chiselled there, but all of them are now in museums or were looted. Left to the jungle for a millennium and mostly unrestored, this great archaeological site has been rarely visited until recently.
This remote jungle area has no towns and only a small village in the cleared forest nearby. The village of Sra Yong is about 10 kilometres away.
Since 1992 the site of Koh Ker has been on UNESCO's Tentative List of World Heritage Sites.