Photo: Little remains standing.

West Mebon

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Built atop an artificial island in the waters of the West Baray, other than two still-standing gopuras there isn't all that much else left to see of the original West Mebon.

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Built upon the orders of Udayadityavarman II, on an island at the centre of the West Baray, it is thought that the central sanctuary here was made up of three pavilions, perhaps constructed partly of wood, as that would explain why there is so little left today. What remains leans towards the trees with building blocks scattered around the grounds of the island along with some simply fashioned rows of stairs.

Boats lie in wait for the run over to the West Mebon. Photo taken in or around West Mebon, Angkor, Cambodia by Caroline Major.

Boats lie in wait for the run over to the West Mebon. Photo: Caroline Major

The pavilions, with a sandstone platform at their centre, would have enjoyed impressive views out over the baray, and it shouldn't take too much imagination to conjure up the setting, especially in the wet season when the baray is brimming with water. The island would have originally have been connected to the shore by probably an earthen causeway, but today it is reached by boat, which can easily be arranged ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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