Photo: Largely ignored but worth a peak.

Preah Pithu

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Preah Pithu is a collection of five temples, huddled to the north of the northern Khleang, (more or less opposite Tep Pranam), which is largely ignored by most Angkor visitors.

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However, if time allows, it is well worth a wander through, and you’ll have the advantage of having the place pretty much to yourself. The partly forested and monkeyed location with small moats and ponds dotted around makes for a great setting for some unusual little temples—even if their origin and purpose remains a mystery.

Cross the naga bridge. Photo taken in or around Preah Pithu, Angkor, Cambodia by Mark Ord.

Cross the naga bridge. Photo: Mark Ord

They clearly date from different periods yet were all built close together in a relatively small area close to the centre of Angkor Thom, so were obviously of great significance to the rulers who built them. Some of the later Pithu temples are among the last stone constructions to be found at Angkor and some were added to as late as the 16th century. Many are now in a fairly ruinous state though they contain interesting carvings—lots of which are just lying around on ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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