East Mebon

East Mebon

The East Mebon is a 10th Century temple at Angkor, Cambodia. It is located in the east, close to the grand circuit and north of Preah Rup.

The Mebon stands on a small island in the middle of the Eastern Baray, which was a large body of water (2 by 7 kilometres, 1.2by4.3miles) fed by the Siem Reap River. The temple was accessible only by boat. Today the baray, once a source of water for irrigation, is a plain of rice fields and the visitor is left to imagine the original majesty of this temple in the middle of a large lake.

The East Mebon is a temple with five towers arranged like the numbers on a die atop a base with three tiers. The whole is surrounded by three enclosures. The towers represent the five peaks of the mythical Mount Meru.

This temple was dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva and it consists of three levels decorated with figures of elephants and lions made out of stones, possessing five towers on the highest level.

The wide variety of sculptures you can find there are definitely the main attraction at the East Mebon. For example, there are 8 two-meter-high free-standing stone elephants at the corners of the first and second level.

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