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Pre Rup, Siem Reap
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Marvel at the magnificent stone remains of a pyramid-shaped temple-mountain at Pre Rup, a masterpiece of ancient Hindu masonry built in 961 CE. Dedicated to Shiva, intricately carved stone facades cropped and darkened by time and weather offer an awe-inspiring spectacle for visitors approaching and climbing the huge 127 m by 116 m (417 m by 380 ft) elevated platform. Believed to have been used for cremations, this impressive brick and sandstone structure, built on what was once a man-made island, displays warm colors and the magical play of light and shade. After conquering a steep stairway leading to the structure, you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking panorama over the area. To visit Pre Rup and get the most from your holiday in Siem Reap, create itinerary details personal to you using our Siem Reap travel itinerary planner.
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  • Medium-sized Temple which has a long staircase that allows you to climb high enough to admire the surrounding landscape. The evening many people crowd the top to watch the sunset (at the end of July was not before 19) and reddish colors of the temple lit by the Sun going down.
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  • Our tuk tuk driver cum guide told us to get the ticket at around 4:45 pm in order to be in time to view sunset at Pre Rup and the ticket is valid the next day when we will visit Angkor Wat, Bayon and ...  more »
  • Our guide brought us here for a very short tour just to let us have a look at the last brick temple built! It is quite cool to see something besides from sandstone or carving from stones. I heard that...  more »
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  • King Rajendraman II built this temple in 961 to dedicate to the god Siva. The architectural design of temple is pretty eye-catching. Cambodian people consider this perplexing temple as funerary associations. Once you reach this temple in the morning or sunset, you will see a very good view of Prasat Pre Rub temple.
  • this pre angkorian temple is best at sundown. the red light and the red stone look beautiful. be there early, to get a nice place to sit on the top during sundown
  • A little off the beaten track (that's not to say there are no tourists here--there are tourists everywhere in Siem Reap!), but still a great quaint/quiet place. One of the older red-brick temples. Recommend!
  • The temple is OK. But BEWARE of the scam!! There is a dishonest temple watcher who profits from the visitors using the religion for his scam. On the top of it there is a room with a piece of rock wrapped in a cloth, looking apparently as a remnant of a statue. There are incense sticks lying on the ground. Whenever someone comes in, he gives you an incence stick and lights it with a lighter. Then when you have paid homage to this stone, he charges you several dollars and if you don't pay, he becomes aggressive and threatens you with calling the police. After you leave the room, he blows off the incense and uses it for the next visitors. For sure, by the law of karma and his sacrilege he will get back all the crap he does.
  • Also good for sunset view.