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Pre Rup

Listed under Temples in Cambodia.

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Pre Rup was built in the 10th Century by King Rajendravarman and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It’s arranged on a square layout with stairs leading up to different levels and known and appreciated for its perfect proportions and bold, balanced design. On the stairs up to the final level there are some beautiful stone lion statues. The other memorable collection of carvings and reliefs are collected around the central tower’s eastern door – it has three other false doors – the most photographed is a scene showing the god Indra standing on a three headed elephant.

Pre Rup translates to ‘turn the body’ which is thought to refer to the funeral practice of drawing outlines of people using their ashes in each of the four directions of the compass. This name has been passed down by local people who think this temple was used for cremations.

The best times to see the temple are in the early morning or evening when the faded, warm light shows up the red hues in the laterite and sandstone it’s built out of.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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