Built completely of brick and laterite, Pre Rup is a beautiful and unique temple located at Angkor, Cambodia. Pre Rup is perfect in design and architectural style. The design of the temple is almost indistinguishable from the ‘East Mebon’ however Pre Rup was constructed a few years later. The Frenchman, Philippe Stern who carried out some extensive research on the site called it the ‘City of the East’.
Pre Rup was constructed as the state temple of Rajendravarman who was a famous Cambodian King and the temple is said to have been dedicated in 962 to the Hindu god Shiva.
Many locals believe that this exceptional temple has some sort of link with funerary associations. For instance, the name ‘Pre Rup’ is a part of the rituals carried out in local cremation ceremonies. Furthermore, archaeologists who have carried out in depth research on the site have said that from the huge vat which is positioned at the foot of the east stairway to the large central area was utilised for cremation purposes.
The extensive use of laterite and brick gives Pre Rup an attractive reddish look for the viewer. The best time to see its magnificence is early in the morning. The basic layout of the complex is square in shape and also includes two perimeter walls.
The walkway that is completely made of laterite provides entry to the complex from the east side. From the top terrace of Pre Rup visitors can enjoy two glorious views. One view faces east towards Phnom Bok and the beautiful mountain range of Phnom Kulen while the other view is towards the west where visitors can witness the towers of Angkor Wat. At the east entry tower visitors can also explore the libraries located on either side.
This splendid tourist attraction is best explored by staying at a nearby Siem Reap hotel. Guests can also choose to stay at a luxury hotel in Siem Reap such as Raffles Grand Hotel’d Angkor and experience comfort and relaxation at its best.