Angkor Temples at Roluos Group

The old capital city...


The Angkor temples at Roluos are located about 13 kilometers Southeast of Siem Reap.

There are three main temples there, and they are fondly called the Roluos Group.

Roluos is actually the name of the old city. During the reign of Indravarman I in 877 AD, Roluos was the capital of the Khmer Kingdom.

So it is interesting to see the three temples that are hundreds of years older than the great 'Temple City' (which was built around the early 1100s).

Of the three, the most significant temple is Bakong, and the least is Lolei.

The Three Roluos Temples

Bakong

This temple is the highlight of the Roluos group. It is the largest and most interesting of the three.

It is surrounded by a moat, and was one of the first Angkorian temples to use the temple mountain architecture idea. That idea was then used for hundreds of years.

 

Angkor Roluos Temple - Bakong temple
Bakong temple ruins.
Photo by K. Yeo


Preah Ko

This funerary temple for Jayavarman II has six towers all built on one platform.

The name Preah Ko, Sacred Bull, was taken from the three bull statues around the temple. This temple has some of the better preserved plasterwork on its towers.

 

Angkor Roluos Temple - Preah Ko temple details
Preah Ko temple details.
Photo by A. Oswald

Lolei

Four (or originally six) brick towers in the middle of the Lolei Baray.

The Lolei baray is called Indratataka, measuring 3.8km x 0.8km. It has now all but dried up.

 

 

Angkor Roluos Temple - Lolei
Lolei temple brick towers.
Photo by Vanina W



What Transportation To Use
To Get To The Roluos Temples?

The most economical means to get to Roluos is by tuktuk. In addition to the regular daily charge of $10 -$13, tuktuk drivers just add a few dollars for a Roluos visit.

Keep in mind the distance, though. While tuktuks are great for short rides, they aren't the most comfortable transportation for 13 km rides. If you use tuktuk, you'll be under constant exposure to wind and dust.

Another option then is to go by car or van. A car costs about $20 per day and a van a little bit more. If you have a group of people, then the charge shouldn't be so bad. Click here to read more about these temple transportation choices.

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