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East Mebon

Date of Construction:
Late 10th century C.E.
Religious Affiliation:
Patron or King:
Rajendravarman II
Artistic/Archeo. Style:
Pre Rup
Location of Entrance:
Western gate
Duration of Visit:
45 minutes
Time to Visit:
Photography Notes:
Temple faces east
13d26'47N  103d55'11E

East Mebon is a large temple-mountain-like ruin, rising three levels and crowned by five towers. Jayavarman IV, a usurper, moved the capital from Angkor to Koh Ker in 928AD. Sixteen years later Rajendravarman II returned the capital to Angkor and shortly thereafter constructed East Mebon on an island in the middle of the now dry Eastern Baray. The temple is dedicated to Shiva in honor of the king’s parents. Inscriptions indicate that it was also built to help reestablish the continuity of kingship at Angkor in light of the interruption that occurred when the seat of power had been moved to Koh Ker. There is some scholarly debate as to whether East Mebon should be categorized as a temple-mountain. Inscriptions record activity as early as 947AD, but the temple was not consecrated until 952AD.

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