Preah Pithu

Introduction to Preah Pithu

Preah Pithu is a mysterious group of temples in Cambodia. There are five small temples in this group, named T, U, V, W, and X. Each temple features distinct carvings and layouts.It sits in the heart of Angkor Thom. This site is less known but offers a unique glimpse into ancient Khmer architecture.

Historical Background

Dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries, Preah Pithu’s origins remain a puzzle. Scholars believe these temples served religious purposes. They showcase the rich history of the Khmer Empire.

The temple is believed to have been built during the reign of King Yasovarman I in the late 9th century. It is one of the earliest examples of Angkor Wat-style architecture.

Preah Pithu

Architecture and Art

The temples display classic Khmer architectural styles. Intricate carvings depict Hindu mythology and everyday life. The serene atmosphere invites visitors to ponder ancient Cambodian culture.

Preah Pithu is a small temple, with a central tower surrounded by several smaller structures and galleries. The temple is famous for its elaborate carvings and sculptures. They depict scenes from Hindu mythology and depict mythical creatures, including demons, lions, and garudas.

The central tower of the temple is particularly noteworthy, as it features intricate carvings and sculptures on its exterior walls. The tower is surrounded by a moat, which was used to symbolize the ocean that separated the human world from the world of the gods in Hindu mythology.

Preah Pithu

Visiting Preah Pithu

Located near the famous Bayon and Terrace of the Elephants, Preah Pithu is easily accessible. It’s best to visit this site early morning or late afternoon. This timing avoids the heat and crowds.

Why Visit Preah Pithu?

Preah Pithu offers a peaceful retreat from more crowded sites. Its tranquil environment and architectural beauty make it a must-see for history and architecture enthusiasts.


This temple is small in size and is not a destination for many tours. We recommend the Private Trekking Tour to The World Heritage Temples. This tour is a walking tour from Angkor Wat to Angkor Thom with a stop at Preah Pithu.

Tours visiting Angkor Thom pass near this temple.