Pre Rup – a 10th century Khmer crematorium?

The temple of Pre Rup at Angkor, Cambodia was built by King Rajendravarman II and was consecrated in the year 961. It consists of a pyramid shaped “temple mountain” topped by five lotus flower shaped towers.

Because Pre Rup means “turning the body” it has been suggested that the temple was an early crematorium but there is no evidence from the design to confirm this and many experts disagree with this theory.

Pre Rup is an interesting temple with good views and is a popular spot with tourists to Angkor to watch the sunset.

If you want more detailed information about the history of Angkor and the temples, I found Angkorguide.net to be a fantastic source of information on the history of Angkor and its temples. You can find it here

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2 thoughts on “Pre Rup – a 10th century Khmer crematorium?

  1. Greetings to you Joao. If you plan on going to Angkor you might my other videos of Cambodia useful – see my Youtube channel (not all have posts her on the blog yet). I like your travel website btw. Stay safe. Paul 😉

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