The Koh Ker pyramid, Cambodia.

Revealing the Mysterious Story of the Koh Ker Pyramid in Cambodia

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The Koh Ker complex of temples is located in Northeastern Cambodia. This is the conventional story for its beginnings:

“Army General Jayavarmal separated from the central government in Angkor, from which his uncle ruled with the entire Khmer Empire. Jayavarmal built a complex of temples and was proclaimed the King, while Koh Ker became the capital city. History remembers him as King Jayavarmal IV.”

Examining the Koh Ker Pyramid

My arrival to Cambodia had a goal of not only visiting the Angkor Archaeological park with its many temples, but also to visit the Koh Ker pyramid. After I saw many temples, I arrived at the conclusion that the Koh Ker pyramid is the only true pyramid on Cambodian land. It seems that it has nothing in common with the other pyramidal temples, largely decorated with Hindu symbols. 

Dr. Sam Osmanagich in front of the Koh Ker pyramid. (Author provided)

Dr. Sam Osmanagich in front of the Koh Ker pyramid. (Author provided)

Koh Ker is 115 km (71.46 miles) away from Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. The Angkor Archaeological park is visited by several million tourists a year, but Koh Ker is largely forgotten. Basic operations were done in the 1960s to prevent further decay, but renovation never happened.

The pyramid is inside a great wall on a plain. It’s surrounded by an artificial lake. It raises towards the skies. The numbers I took from the Internet were wrong. My measurements at the site show the length of the sides isn’t 50 meters (164.04 ft.) but 66 meters (216.54 ft.) Its height isn’t 37 meters (121.39 ft.), but 40 meters (131.23 ft.) 

Some basic work was done at the Koh Ker pyramid in the 1960s to prevent further decay. (Author provided)

Some basic work was done at the Koh Ker pyramid in the 1960s to prevent further decay. (Author provided)

The pyramid is well-preserved. It is constructed with the combination of processed volcanic rock laid inside the structure and sandstone blocks on the exterior. Exterior blocks are of different dimensions, and a combination of concave and convex, with four to six sides. Uneven dimensions resulted in the structural stability of the object, which is preserved until today.

The first level of the pyramid has 11 rows of blocks. The second level has 13 rows, and all other levels (third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh) have eleven rows of blocks. The blocks are joined with mastery - not binder, plaster, or cement. The hexagonal blocks serve to lock down the whole structure. 

Detail of blocks at the Koh Ker pyramid. (Author provided)

Detail of blocks at the Koh Ker pyramid. (Author provided)

The sides are oriented with the cardinal points. The only entrance to the pyramid is from the west side. There are no visible entries into the pyramid. A hidden entrance is probably located underground.

It’s forbidden to climb the original stairs - which are in ruins. But, there are improvised wooden stairs to allow visitors to climb to the top.

Improvised wooden stairs have been built for visitors to reach the top of Koh Ker pyramid.

Improvised wooden stairs have been built for visitors to reach the top of Koh Ker pyramid. (thomaswanhoff/ CC BY SA 2.0 )

The blocks of the first six rows are between 500kg and 2000kg (1102.31 -4409.25 lbs.) in mass. The big blocks are on the top and they reach up to seven tons. The square frame shaped from the blocks on the top has an exterior decorated with Hindu designs. The gods are holding, not the Earth, but the Sky in their hands.

Decoration at Koh Ker pyramid

Decoration at Koh Ker pyramid. (Author provided)

The frame made by the biggest blocks frames the inner passage’s “chimney”, which goes all the way to the bottom of the pyramid - The energy “chimney”.

Differing from Other Cambodian Temples

This pyramid obviously isn’t like other temples in Cambodia. However, somehow the architects pushed it together with the temples. The term which is used for this pyramid is Koh Ker Temple, but almost all the elements for the pyramid as an energy machine are present here.

The pyramid is the most powerful shape when it comes to energy. It amplifies existing, natural sources of energy. The artificial construction materials are sandstone blocks (conductivity) and volcanic blocks (the presence of iron as an electromagnetic source). The constructed artificial lakes and channels around the pyramid allow for water flow, releasing negative ions as an energy source and using kinetic energy from the water stream.

An artificial lake by the Koh Ker pyramid.

An artificial lake by the Koh Ker pyramid. (Author provided)

The concentric squares (walls and terraces) become smaller, directing and focusing the terrain’s energy to the pyramid.

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