Cambodia | Siem Reap

Pre Rup Angkor

Southeast Asia Tour 2015

Siem Reap | Cambodia

24 Nov 2015 | Tue

Day 06 of 46

  • Morning Tuk Tuk Ride to Angkor Wat
  • Angkor Archaeological Park Visitor Center
  • Angkor Thom North Gate
  • Preah Khan Angkor
  • Neak Pean Angkor
  • Ta Som Angkor
  • East Mebon Angkor
  • Pre Rup Angkor
  • Banteay Kdei Angkor

Pre Rup Angkor

Pre Rup Angkor is an ancient temple located in the province of Siem Reap, Cambodia. It is one of the many temples that make up the complex known as Angkor Archaeological Park, and it was built during the 10th century. Pre Rup is believed to be dedicated to Hindu gods Shiva and Vishnu. The temple’s design includes a concentric series of walls encircling several shrines, which are decorated with intricate carvings.

Pre Rup Angkor

The temple stands on a terrace reaching over 180 feet (54.86 m) high, and its walls measure at least 300 feet (91.44 m) long on each side. Inside these walls lies a sanctuary consisting of four towers representing Mount Meru, which was thought to be the center of the universe for Hindus. Pre Rup also features elaborate colonnades along each side with sandstone figures depicting divinities from Hindu mythology.

Pre Rup Angkor

Pre Rup (/ˈprɛ ruːp/; Khmer: ប្រែរូប, Prê Rub [prae.ruːp]) is a Hindu temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built as the state temple of Khmer king Rajendravarman  and dedicated in 961 or early 962. It is a temple mountain of combined brick, laterite and sandstone construction.

The temple’s name is a comparatively modern one meaning “turn the body”. This reflects the common belief among Cambodians that funerals were conducted at the temple, with the ashes of the body being ritually rotated in different directions as the service progressed.

– Wikipedia Pre Rup

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