East Mebon Temple
A millennia ago at East Mebon Temple, the waters of East Baray lake lapped around the foundations – and this place could only be accessed by boat.
East Mebon Temple stands as a large, impressive figure that is an imposing reminder of how advanced the Khmer people were with their architectural and engineering skills.
Built in the 10th century, it is one of the oldest temples in Angkor Thom Archaeology Park and constructed on an artificial island that was surrounded by a large body of water.
Climbing up the regal steps, you are flanked on both sides by two impressive statues of lions that still retain detail – after all these centuries.
The temple sits on three levels and the higher you move up, you will see an almost life size statue of an elephant…and one can only imagine how grand East Mebon Temple was at the height of Khmer rule.
Dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, the temple was built in 952 by the King Rajendravarman II to honor his parents.
Several inscriptions are said to have been found in the vicinity as well as upon the foundations of the temple that provides valuable information.
The sculptures at East Mebon Temple are impressive, to say the least, and when you get to the top, five smaller temples await you. The middle temple is often open that houses a large, seated Buddha where offerings are given daily.
East Mebon Temple is a grand example of the mighty Khmer ingenuity…and shines a light on how advanced these people were.
TIP: This is an impressive place, well worth a visit and the best time is early morning or late afternoon because of the steep climb.
Wearing good walking shoes is recommended, especially during the wet season – when the steps can get very slippery.