East Mebon

East Mebon

Look for the elephants

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When you look at East Mebon today, surrounded by grass, trees, a road a matter of metres away it is hard to imagine that when it was actually in use, East Mebon would have been surrounded completely by water and foot access would simply not have existed.

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Another impressive outlook. Photo by: Caroline Major.
Another impressive outlook. Photo: Caroline Major

The three-tiered temple, with five brick towers on a sandstone base, is not as steep as mountain temples or with as many levels to it—likely because it was built on softer foundations, which wouldn’t have taken such weight—but nonetheless was similarly meant to be a representation of Mount Meru.

East Mebon is especially noteworthy for its large elephant statues positioned at the corners of the pyramid’s levels; in particular the one at the southeast corner of the second level. These outward-facing elephants were placed to act as temple guardians. The lintels found in the sanctuaries are another draw thanks to their excellent condition.

Must have been spectacular when the baray was full. Photo by: Caroline Major.
Must have been spectacular when the baray was full. Photo: Caroline Major

Nearby Pre Rup temple was built by the same king, also in the former Baray. More head to Pre Rup for sunset, but East Mebon offers a similar ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 100 words.)

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Caroline swapped the drizzle of Old Blighty for the dazzling sunshine of Siem Reap and she spends most weekends cycling the temple-studded terrain that she can call her backyard.

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