Pre Rup is a sprawling brick structure that was built by King Rajendravarman in the 10th century. The term “Pre Rup” can be loosely translated to “Turn the Body” in English. This name is derived from the historical use of the entire structure as a colossal ancient crematorium. In the course of traditional funerals conducted at Pre Rup, the cremation ashes were rotated at different intervals throughout the ceremony.
Planning a Visit
Pre Rup is located in the Southern part of East Baray and is in close proximity to many other beautiful temple complexes that Cambodia has to offer. If your choice of accommodation is a place like the newly renovated FCC Angkor Siem Reap, then you will be centrally located to visit all of these temple complexes such as the famous Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm and the East Mebon temple. Moreover, there are many competitively priced Angkor Wat hotels nearby to choose from.
Why Visit Pre-Rup?
The panoramic views from the top of the 3-tiered temple really are a treat to experience in person. From the summit, if you look towards the east, you will see the majestic sites of Phnom Bak and the mountains of Phnom Kulen.
A Quick Tour
The temple mountain structure is made up of layers that are built in brick and laterite. The Pyramid-style architectural design makes up the base for the five towers, each of which is built in honor of different gods: Shiva for the northeast tower, Vishnu for the southeast tower, Parvati for the northwest tower, and Lakshmi for the southwest tower. The last tower contains inscriptions that are proof of the reign of Angkor of Jayavaraman VI. There are also six entrance towers, out of which five are still visible and the largest three are on the eastern side of the entrance. The inner enclosure comprises two libraries and a tiered pyramid structure.
Getting there and going on Tours
Pre Rup is easily accessible by tuk-tuk, taxi, motorbike, or even bicycle. It is often included in many tour packages such as the Angkor Wat Grand Circuit Tour or as a quick detour from the small circuit tour. If you are traveling around by yourself, you can visit Pre Rup together with Ta Prohm, Kutisvara, Srah Srang, and Banteay Kdei.