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‘Angkor - Pre Rup Temple - Take your places for the sunset’


I visited the Pre Rup Temple twice: first during the day and again on another day at sunset.
The temple's extensive laterite and brick give it an attractive reddish tone that is most beautiful just before sunset.

Before leaving for Cambodia, I had the intention to allow me sufficient time to visit Angkor.
I bought a ticket for a 7-day visit (only minimally more expensive than a 3-day ticket).
After all, since I was retired, I had a lot of free time and I didn't want to rush to see this eighth wonder of the world.
Moreover, life in Cambodia was much cheaper than in Belgium. I therefore did not have to rush to return to the expensive Belgian prices :) 

The ticket also gave me the right to visit Beng Mealea, another historical site located in the same province.
Frankly, I never understood that there are visitors who stay in Angkor for only one day and then travel to other places in Cambodia where there is hardly anything to see.
I confess that I’ve always loved to visit ruins of ancient civilizations.

A long time before sunset, many tourists climb the temple to occupy a place where they can see the sun go down. But the sun goes down over the trees which is not such a fantastic sight. I found it more interesting to walk around and take pictures of the temple in its red colour. Over the many heads I could catch a glimpse of the setting sun.
Anyone who really wants to sit to watch the sunset should arrive well in advance!
Also good to know: It is a steep climb to the highest platform.

Pre Rup is a Hindu temple and was built as the state temple of the Khmer King Rajendravarman.
The construction of brick, laterite and sandstone was dedicated as a temple in 961.
The structure represents the five peaks of the sacred Mount Meru of Hindu cosmology.
Each platform of the temple is guarded by lions.

In the early 20th century Pre Rup was completely overgrown and covered with soil.
In the 1930’s the French George Trouvé and Henri Marchal excavated the temple.

Four pictures in the WS.

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5451 W: 17 N: 13212] (52940)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2020-02-03
  • Esposizione: 30 secondi
  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2020-06-29 23:53
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