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Krol Ko Temple

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Date: Late 12th – early 13th century CE
Style: Bayon
King: Jayavarman VII (reign 1181 – 1220 CE)
Cult: Mahayana Buddhist

 

Krol Ko Temple (or Prasat Krol Ko, Khmer: ប្រាសាទ​ ក្រោលគោ), meaning "Park of the Oxen", is dedicated to Lokeshvara.  It is a small temple with the same layout as the four 'chapels of the hospitals' found outside Angkor Thom.

Krol Ko is located just north of Neak Poan Temple, about halfway between Ta Som Temple and Preah Khan Temple.

Lokeshvara is omnipresent both at Krol Ko and at the nearby Neak Poan Temple, whose waters were said to have healing powers, and they were closely linked in the healing process followed by the devotees.

Prasat Krol Ko features several images of Buddha that escaped the attentions of the 13th century iconoclasts in the Hindu Reaction.  There is one small section of the sanctuary's walls where some Buddhas have been defaced, some half-defaced, and some left intact, suggesting that the process of destruction was interrupted abruptly.

 

Map of Krol Ko Temple



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