Located about 60 kilometres North East from Siem Reap, Beng Mealea is a picturesque jungle temple. It has become one of the most new and exciting tourist attractions in Cambodia popular among both locals and foreigners.
At one point this impressive jungle temple was totally inaccessible. However since the construction of the newly built road that directs to the temple complex of Koh Ker lies past Beng Mealea, many tourists have started to visit this unusual site.
It is recorded that this extraordinary jungle temple was built during the 12th century and was constructed during the reign of King Suryavarman II. Although, Beng Mealea is small in size compared to the King’s other creations such as the Angkor Wat, this temple is recognised as one of the largest temples of the Khmer empire.
The temple primarily faces the east but has three entry points from other directions too. Created chiefly out of sandstone, Beng Mealea is set amidst moats. The complex comprise of three galleries which are centred on a central sanctuary. At either sides of the avenue where visitors can enter the temple from the east side are structures of libraries.
Those who visit this intriguing temple will witness an extensive collection of carvings. These carvings mainly depict stories from Hindu mythology. An interesting carving that can be viewed here is the Churning of the Sea of Milk. The seven-headed Naga serpent is also a fascinating sight here.
The first impression one would get when visiting Beng Mealea is an enormous pile of rubble hidden within the growth of wild trees. But beneath them are some captivating treasures from the past.
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