It was one of my best trips when I had the opportunity to visit Kor Ker in a long day trip from Siem Reap. Koh Ker is one of the remote archaeological sites in Cambodia which has a lot of enchanting Angkorian temples in ruins and to be there it takes around 2 hours drive from the city.
One interesting temple in Koh Ker, which can be seen above, is Prasat Pram. Named based on the number of the temples in local language (Pram means five), Prasat Pram was the first five small red-brick temples in the location after the entry point.
A building of the five temples in Prasat Pram was almost covered by fig trees which made difficult to enter. Perhaps this familiar situation, -temple with fig trees-, reminds those who have visited the famous Ta Prohm temple in Angkor, -the one which Angelina Jolie took her actions in the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider-. But in my opinion, Prasat Pram was worse than Ta Prohm.
Although APSARA Authority do their best to preserve the temples, nature was also the real silent enemy for the temples. The rainy season, humidity and current extreme climate which are influencing the growth rate of vegetation in Cambodia should be counted as the destroyer’s factor.
Although currently Prasat Pram looks very spectacular with the trees, I do hope for the best for those temples, so they’ll still stand beautifully in the future