Prae Roup Temple

Attraction Prae Roup Temple Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
05:00 AM - 06:00 PM
07:00 AM
08:00 AM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Kids
Architecture
Temple & Monument
20.00 USD

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Pre Rup Temple is an ancient religious site where visitors can get the wonderful view of sunset and the beauty of Khmer architecture and culture.

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Why Prae Roup Temple is special ?

Pre Rup was built in 961 AD as a temple to the Hindu deity Shiva. Its five towers rise over a pyramidal structure representing Shiva’s home, the sacred Mount Mehru. The name, meaning “turning the body” — part of an ancient funeral ritual — was only applied relatively recently due to the unproven belief that Pre Rup was originally a burial site. With its ancient plasterwork now eroded away to reveal the bare brick of the towers, they bear more than passing resemblance to giant brick kilns and the overall impression is ironically — given its name — of an elaborate Angkorian crematorium.


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What to explore at Prae Roup Temple?

- 6 large towers to the East: Most striking feature of the Pre Rup temple are the three large towers on either side of the Eastern entrance, the main entrance of the temple. The first tower to the right of the entrance is missing, although the base is there. The tower was either never build or demolished and the stones used elsewhere later. The towers were probably build later during the reign of the next King, King Jayavarman V. The central tower contains a sanctuary room. The lintels contain Indra riding the elephant Airavata, Vishnu on Garuda (a large mythological bird, the mount of Vishnu) and other depictions.

- Three stepped pyramid: The inner enclosure contains a three tiered pyramid. On the pyramid’s second level are 12 small sanctuaries grouped around the structure that each used to contain a linga, a representation of Shiva. At the center of each side of the pyramid is a stairway leading to the platform with the five towers. The stairway is guarded on both sides by lion statues.

- 5 Prangs on the upper platform: The upper platform contains five prangs, the largest one in the center, the outer four smaller ones on the platform’s corners. Each have an entrance door to the East and false doors to the other directions. Originally the towers were fully plastered, some of which still remains. A few devata statues decorate its outer walls.

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How to get to Prae Roup Temple?

Most tuk tuk drivers know where Pre Rup is located. Coming from Srah Srang, Pre Rup is located at a bend in the road between Srah Srang and East Mebon. It is a large temple – very difficult to miss.

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Selling points

  • Fabulous view, refreshing breeze
  • Best for sunset view
  • Big WOW factor
  • Stairs to Heaven
  • Simple, charming, attractive
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  • The central prang contains a sanctuary room where the most important linga was enshrined. It now contains two Buddha images that were installed there later.
    What to see
  • Just past the Eastern gate of the inner enclosure are two large libraries, one on each side of the entrance that probably contained Hindu statues.
    What to see
  • The lintels contain Indra riding the elephant Airavata, Vishnu on Garuda (a large mythological bird, the mount of Vishnu) and other depictions.
    What to see
  • There are two enclosures, each with a gopura entrance gate at the center of each side
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  • There are a series of long galleries running parallel to each side of the temple.
    What to see
  • You might need to drink plenty of water as stairs are steep
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  • The temples were completely exposed to the sun, offering no protection from the sun's violent rays, so you need to prepare a hat and sun block
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  • Because the temple is built entirely of brick and laterite, the warm tones of these materials are best are seen early in the morning or when the sun is setting.
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  • To climb to the upper terrace, you should use the east stairway as it is slightly less steep than the others.
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  • Visiting with a tour guide will bring you a more interesting experience.
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  • The upper platform is a popular place to watch sunset and it can get rather crowded
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  • You should try to avoid the tour groups which tend to flood the forecourt
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  • You should wear a good pair of walking shoes to climb the stairs.
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  • You should not fool around with friends when climbing to the top of the temple or accident might happen
    Safety
  • If you have had hip replacement surgery or are unable to climb DOWN a steep staircase, you should not attempt this one.
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  • Pre Rup is an easy add-on to a visit to Ta Prohm (aka The Tomb Raider Temple), or Banteay Kdei, as well as being particularly photogenic when viewed at sunrise across the royal bathing pool of Srah Srang.
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  • There are two views from the top terrace: the first looking east towards Phnom Bok and the mountain chain of Phnom Kulen; and the second looking west where the towers of Angkor Wat can be distinguished on the far horizon.
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You can see the beautiful sunset even if it is a little bit cloudy.

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Un buen templo para comenzar a abordar la zona. Gigante. Muy alto. Recomendable ir con guía

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Закат привлекает много туристов

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С верхней площадки открывается отличный вид на закат.

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Go as early as 4:30 to find nice spot to watch sunset. Not the best but still beautiful.

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The third temple my husband and I visited was Pre Rup Temple, also known as the Pyramid Temple. It consists of a pyramid shaped temple with the upper-most of the three tiers carrying five square squires. The name of the temple means the turning of the body and refers to the traditional method of cremation.The Pre Rup Temple was a relatively smaller temple that we toured rather quickly. It was not quite as packed with tourists as the Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm Temples had been, but I wouldn't go as far as to say that it wasn't crowded. Our visit to the Pre Rup Temple was during the late morning. I read that it gets flooded with travelers for sunrise and sunset, which I am sure is common of all the Angkorian temples. The Pre Rup Temple was a beautiful reddish color, in contrast to the grayish Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm Temples we had visited immediately prior. All the temples were beautiful. I am just distinguishing the colors of the temples.During our visit, we climbed to the top of the 3-story high central tower. It was a steep climb, but the surrounding views that were stunning made it all worth it. By late morning, the heat continued to stagnate. The temples were completely exposed to the sun, offering no protection from the sun's violent rays. The later in the day it became, the hotter the temperatures.We were glad our wonderful guide, Dy, with ICS Travel, was there to provide us with an unlimited amount of fascinating details about the temple and its' history. Dy was extraordinary, extremely knowledgeable, and exceeded all expectation. The temple was beautiful and we loved learning about its' history.

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This temple is mainly used for tourists to take photos at sunset, as it is in a prime location. The sunset provides a silhouette of the trees in front of it, allowing for beautiful, picturesque photos. If you are looking for a good place to take photos at sunset in the archaeological park, then this should be one of your options.

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Marked by it's distinctive red-gold stones, Pre Rup is a steep climb up but affords a clear view of the surrounding countryside. The temple is located south off the East Baray and away from the main Angkor temples. Although it's a great spot for sunsets, I found it a tad crowded. Will probably try to make it for sunrise the next time I visit Siem Reap.

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The third temple my husband and I visited was Pre Rup Temple, also known as the Pyramid Temple. It consists of a pyramid shaped temple with the upper-most of the three tiers carrying five square squires. The name of the temple means the turning of the body and refers to the traditional method of cremation. The Pre Rup Temple was a relatively smaller temple that we toured rather quickly. It was not quite as packed with tourists as the Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm Temples had been, but I wouldn't go as far as to say that it wasn't crowded. Our visit to the Pre Rup Temple was during the late morning. I read that it gets flooded with travelers for sunrise and sunset, which I am sure is common of all the Angkorian temples. The Pre Rup Temple was a beautiful reddish color, in contrast to the grayish Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm Temples we had visited immediately prior. All the temples were beautiful. I am just distinguishing the colors of the temples. During our visit, we climbed to the top of the 3-story high central tower. It was a steep climb, but the surrounding views that were stunning made it all worth it. By late morning, the heat continued to stagnate. The temples were completely exposed to the sun, offering no protection from the sun's violent rays. The later in the day it became, the hotter the temperatures. We were glad our wonderful guide, Dy, with ICS Travel, was there to provide us with an unlimited amount of fascinating details about the temple and its' history. Dy was extraordinary, extremely knowledgeable, and exceeded all expectation. The temple was beautiful and we loved learning about its' history.

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Pre Rup means"Turning the body".U can choose this place for watching sunset

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