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Why Pre Rup is special ?
Pre Rup is a 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.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Most guides will offer to take you to the hilltop temple Phnom Bakeng for sunset, but it has the disadvantage that you have to get there early because they close the site when in danger of overcrowding. Plus you have to climb the hill and then the temple, which I found too one too many.Pre Rup is a nice smaller temple (no hill to climb) with beautiful red color in the late afternoon light and much less crowded.
not as grand as the other angkor temples but this was equally as beautiful! And since it was so old, already a thousand years or more, i was even more enchanted Being Hindu, i really did not need a guide because it was easy enough to spot the various deities and make out the remnants of the other structures. Was very heart moving to see just how far and wide my religion had travelled all those centuries ago. This is a Hindu temple by the way, not a Buddhist. It is a temple for Lord Shiva, and this is even more evident by the old and beautiful linggas left behind and the nandi( cow to symbolize lord shiva). I absolutely loved it!
That is the meaning of Pre Rup "Change the body"Why it difference color on difference timeGuide explain in the morning sun not strong impact to the stone it make another color. afternoon more strong sun it shine to stone heat it out stone change to another color.Evening also sun shine make another color...it like 3 time change color "pre Rup"Good place have to see on difference timeGood place to set the Sunset.
This was one of the smaller more simple temples that I visited during my trip to Siem Reap. The steep steps rising to the top with lions looking out from every side makes this a very photogenic and beautiful temple. Of course once at the top the daunting task of climbing back down is not so bad once your on your way. We combined our visit to Pre Rup on the way back to Siem Reap from Banteay Srei and visited it in the afternoon, which put a lovely light on it for photographing. Worth a visit.