Pre Rup Sunset Viewing Reopens After Restoration

The temple was built in 961CE during the reign of King Rajendravarman II to express his gratitude to Hindu deities. Photo: Sem Vanna

SIEM REAP – The APSARA Authority has reopened a sunset viewing spot at Pre Rup temple, offering visitors another site to watch the spectacular close of the day.



The reopening came after restoration of damaged parts of the temple. Pre Rup is along the grand circuit of Angkor Archaeological Park.



Tourists who like to explore and take pictures of the sunset can stand outside the wall from the southwest corner to see the sun shining on the golden brick temple. 



In the rainy season, if there is water outside the wall, the reflection offers the best shot.



The temple was built in 961CE during the reign of King Rajendravarman II to express his gratitude to Hindu deities, and lies about 13km from Siem Reap city. The temple is considered the grandest brick monument in Angkor history.



 In the rainy season, if there is water outside the wall, the reflection offers the best shot. Photo: Long Ton



Some of the most important and sacred statues such as a Shiva lingam were installed at the central tower of the temple to honor these deities and King Rajendravarman’s ancestors.



The central tower known as Reach, or mountain, Temple was built on a higher elevation. Limestone and sandstone were incorporated to create the walls, pillars, colonettes, blind doors and lintels. The design of this temple clearly demonstrates a sophisticated and technically complex work of art.



Another of the best places for visitors to see the sunset is at Phnom Bakheng Temple. 



Originally written in Khmer for ThmeyThmey, this article was translated by Torn Chanritheara for Cambodianess.


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