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East Mebon

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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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Built under the eye of Rajendravarman II, East Mebon was dedicated in 953 AD and has landing stages at its cardinal points where other temples might have causeways; it sits in an area that was formerly the East Baray—ancient Angkorian reservoir—which has since dried up.

Another impressive outlook. Photo taken in or around East Mebon, Angkor, Cambodia 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 ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 100 words.)


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