Cambodia | Siem Reap

East Mebon Angkor

Southeast Asia Tour 2015

Siem Reap | Cambodia

24 Nov 2015 | Tue

Day 06 of 46

  • Morning Tuk Tuk Ride to Angkor Wat
  • Angkor Archaeological Park Visitor Center
  • Angkor Thom North Gate
  • Preah Khan Angkor
  • Neak Pean Angkor
  • Ta Som Angkor
  • East Mebon Angkor
  • Pre Rup Angkor
  • Banteay Kdei Angkor

East Mebon Angkor

The East Mebon Angkor is one of the most iconic and historically significant temples located in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Built in the 10th century by King Rajendravarman II, this Hindu temple was dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu. Situated on an ancient artificial island constructed with laterite blocks, this structure is surrounded by two large ponds filled with water from the nearby Tonle Sap Lake.

East Mebon Angkor

Standing at a height of 38 meters, the temple features three towers topped with five-headed nagas (mythical serpents) that guard the entrance bridge leading to the central shrine. Inside are intricate sculptures of Hindu gods and goddesses such as Shiva and Vishnu along with elaborate carvings depicting scenes from Ramayana, Mahabharata, and other Indian epics.

East Mebon Angkor

The East Mebon (Khmer: ប្រាសាទមេបុណ្យខាងកើត) is a 10th Century temple at Angkor, Cambodia. Built during the reign of King Rajendravarman, it stands on what was an artificial island at the center of the now dry East Baray reservoir.

The East Mebon was dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and honors the parents of the king. Its location reflects Khmer architects’ concern with orientation and cardinal directions. The temple was built on a north–south axis with Rajendravarman’s state temple, Pre Rup, located about 1,200 meters to the south just outside the baray. The East Mebon also lies on an east–west axis with the palace temple Phimeanakas, another creation of Rajendravarman’s reign, located about 6,800 meters due west.

– Wikipedia East Mebon

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