Roulous Group is a Cambodian modern small town and an archeological site about 13 km east of Siem Reap along NH6.

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Prasat Kravan Temple was the capital of Indravarman I (877 to 889).

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The Roulous Group is made up of the three temples of Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei. Many of the later temples in the Angkor group are based on these earlier temples though rather then brick.

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Roulous Group are the first temples "hard" built by the Khmers and represent the beginnings of classical architecture and art in Cambodia.

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Rolous Group and Small Circuit

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Bakong is the first temple mountain of sandstone constructed by rulers of the Khmer empire at Angkor near modern Siem Reap in Cambodia.

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Rolous Group Temples

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Roulous Group is a modern small town of Cambodia and an archeological site located 13km east of Siem Reap, along the National Highway No 6. The ruins of this area are belonged to Hariharalaya – the first capital of Khmer Empire in the north of Tonle Sap. They are even more ancient than Angkor Complex – the famous wonder of the country of temples. Now Roluos Group is one of the tourist attractions in Siem Reap because of its unique architecture and spiritual values.

In fact, it is King Indravarman I in the late 9th century who was the founder of what can be seen in Roluos nowadays. Among temples of Roluos Group, there are some the earliest structures built by Khmer people. To some extent, they have marked the beginning of the classic period of Khmer civilization, dating from the late ninth century. Some are entirely constructed of bricks while others are partially built of laterite or sandstone.

The Roluos Group comprises 3 main temples: Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko, which are 11km southeast of the Siem Reap Market. These temples are close together and spread over an area of 3km east of the Great Lake. Having some similar features of architecture, decoration style, materials and the ways of construction, they reveal the beginning of the Classic period of Khmer art.

In terms of architecture, the structures of Roluos Group are recognized by high square-shaped brick towers on pedestals. The entrance is in the east with false doors on the other three sides. Like other buildings constructed in this period, bricks were used for towers and sandstone for carved areas like pillars, lintels and decorative niches. Although a wall initially enclosed the temples, only traces still exist until now. It was intersected on two or more sides by an entry tower, a remarkable innovation of this period. The earlier examples were square with a tiered upper portion. With typical decoration in the style of Khmer architecture, Roluos Group is said to be “the most beautiful of all Khmer art” by some historians.

The Bakong Temple seems to be the most outstanding structure in Roluos Group with the architecture of a pyramid. It was originally surrounded by 2 moats, but only the inner one still exists. Bakong is 15m high and has the rectangular structure. The towering steps and big animals carved on four sides around create the majestic and magnificent beauty of the temple.

Meanwhile, the center of Preah Ko Temple is a cluster of 6 towers built on a common terrace. It is enclosed by the first square wall of 60m long each side. The second one is 95m long each side with the same entrances and encloses the library and annexes of mixed construction. This is a Hindu temple which worships the Shiva God. Now it is less popular than the two others because of the serious damage and large distance from the central city.

The final temple, Lolei, occupies an island in the middle of an artificial lake. Only the two tiered pyramid with 4 of 6 towers planned remains intact now. But actually, they are only ruins. According to an inscription found in the temple, it used to be the irrigation system of the Hariharalaya area.

It’s a good idea to spend half day to go sightseeing in Roluos Group. This will be a good chance for tourists to learn more about Khmer art, especially classic architecture and religious beliefs. The best time to visit this destination is the morning because you can admire the view of three temples most clearly. Have fun with your trip!

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