East Baray

Now dry and easy to miss

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What we say: 1.5 stars

Built by Yasovarman I to guarantee a reliable water supply for his new city at Yasodharapura, the East Baray is now dry. Given the state of bustling Siem Reap's water supply, perhaps it should be refilled.

The baray is vast — 7.5km long by almost 2km wide — afer completion it was fed its water via a canal from the Roulos river that emptied into its northeastern corner. When full to a planned depth of 4m the baray held a massive 55 million cubic metres of water. Today there is no water to speak of — but towards the centre sits the East Mebon on a purpose-built temple island. What a splendid sight it must have been when the baray was full.

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