Prasat Kuh Nokor is located in Trodoc Poung
Village, Pong Ror Commune, Baray District, Kampong Thom Province and is in the
complex of Wat Kuh Nokor (Buddhist Pagoda). To reach there, passenger can take
all kinds of vehicle on National Road 6, then turn west through the gate of Kuh
Nokor pagoda in a distance of 2km. It is 79km from Provincial Town of Kampong
Thom. These sanctuaries were built on the flat ground, on a square terrace made
of laterite and sandstone facing to the East with the rampart surrounding. This
rampart has a 35m-length (East to West) and a 25m-width (North to South). There
is surrounding rampart of one meter height and 0.8 meter thick with two
gateways: Eastern gateway is 9m height divided into 3 rooms, and western gateway
is small and has square shape.
The structures of the buildings are mixed, made of laterite and the decoration
of sandstone. East of the temple, there are 2 ponds-the small one has about
one-meter depth,45-meter length and 20-meter width, and the big one has
160-meter length, 88-meter width and more than one-meter depth.
Prasat Kuh Nokor comprises:
- The throne is square shape, made of sandstone and decorated by lotus flowers
and pointed-diamond style, and has square hole at the middle.
- A male standing statue remains from thigh to shoulder.
- A male standing statue remains from thigh to the navel.
- A male coiling statue is difficult to be identified as the statue broke the
end of the arm and the sole of the foot (local people called the statue ‘Neak Ta
Prasat Kuh Nokor was built in 10th -11th century by the king Suryavarman I
(1002-1050). But in the same year (1002), another document said there was a king
named Preah Bat Jayviravarman who who was also on throne (1002-1010). The two
kings claimed that they were on throne at the same year, this leading to war
between king and king until 1006. Then the king Suryavarman I conquered
Yasodharpura city, however the war still lasted for 04 years to end. In 1010,
the king Suryavarman I gained success over the entire territory and had full
power in the country.
Source: Ministry of
Tourism of the Kingdom of Cambodia