Preah Pithu

Temples of Angkor

Preah Pithu, located across Northern Ave from Tep Pranam, is a group of 12th-century Hindu and Buddhist temples enclosed by a wall. It includes some beautifully decorated terraces and guardian animals in the form of elephants and lions. It sees few tourists, and so is a good place to explore at a leisurely pace, taking in the impressive jungle backdrop.

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1. Kleangs & Prasat Suor Prat

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Along the eastern side of Central Square are two groups of buildings, called Kleangs. The North Kleang, dated from the period of Jayavarman V, and the…

2. Terrace of the Leper King

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The Terrace of the Leper King is just north of the Terrace of Elephants. Dating from the late 12th century, it is a 7m-high platform, on top of which…

3. Terrace of Elephants

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The 350m-long Terrace of Elephants was used as a giant viewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king’s grand audience hall. Try to…

4. Tep Pranam


Tep Pranam, an 82m by 34m cruciform Buddhist terrace 150m east of Preah Palilay, was once the base of a pagoda of lightweight construction. Nearby is a 4…

5. Royal Enclosure & Phimeanakas

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Phimeanakas stands close to the centre of a walled area that once housed the royal palace. There’s very little left of the palace today except for two…

6. Preah Palilay

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Preah Palilay is located about 200m north of the Royal Enclosure’s northern wall. It was erected during the rule of Jayavarman VII and originally housed a…

7. Angkor Thom North Gate

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The immense north gate of Angkor Thom connects the walled city with Preah Khan and the temples of the Grand Circuit.

8. Bayon

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At the heart of Angkor Thom is the 12th-century Bayon, the mesmerising, if slightly mind-bending, state temple of Jayavarman VII. It epitomises the…