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. By using our Siem Reap travel itinerary planner , you can arrange your visit to Pre Rup and other attractions in Siem Reap.
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  • to see, it's not the most beautiful, but its colors are atypical, there there are few people who visit so much enjoy a good time. a beautiful view from the top.
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  • I can see why people flock here for sunsets, the elevation is quite good; but I got in & out well before that and enjoyed very little crowd during my 20 minutes in the morning. You can climb most of t...  more »
  • This is a good temple to visit for sunset. The excellent view comes after a steep climb but the view is worth the effort. Again a guide will greatly enhance your visit to any of the temples in the Ang...  more »
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  • Very different from other temples in the area, lots of bricks and unique architectural elements. The surrounding jungle makes for a great contrast for your photos. The lion statues are majestic. At least one of the towers, and parts of the surrounding walls, are leaning precariously adding to the uniqueness.
  • A great temple to visit at sunset but don't follow the crowd and sit on the very top. There is nothing to see except the sun dipping behind some trees, rather sit on the rocks to the right as you come in the first entrance. This way you skip the crowd and have a beautiful temple in the foreground of your sunset shot
  • We LOVED this temple. We found on our 3 days visiting Angkor, that jungle temples were our favorite, but something about this place won us over. We initially didn't even have this temple on our list, but our driver told us we should make a quick stop, and we were very happy for his recommendation! It has stunning views and very little crowds!
  • Amazing to look at, went at sunset but it didn’t really set on the stones, more over the folds in the background. Lots of people at the top but not overly busy.
  • Architecturally and artistically superior temple-mountain. Beautifully carved false doors on upper level, as well as an excellent view of the surrounding countryside. Richly detailed, well-preserved carvings, particularly on the lintels. Traditionally believed to be a funerary temple, but in fact the state temple of Rajendravarman II. Historically important in that it was the second temple built after the Khmer capital was returned to Angkor after a period of political upheaval when the capital had been moved to Koh Ker. The artistically similar East Mebon was the first to be constructed after the return to Angkor, less than a decade earlier.

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