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West Mebon

Date of Construction:
Late 11th century AD
Religious Affiliation:
Patron or King:
Udayadityavarman VII
Artistic/Archeo. Style:
12 kms west of Siem Reap Town
Duration of Visit:
1 hour plus transport
Time to Visit:

Ruins of the central island temple of the West Baray. West Mebon is in poor shape, consisting primarily of a single wall displaying some carvings in fair condition. The carvings exhibit some of the first examples of carvings of animals in natural, non-mythological scenes, reminiscent of carving on Baphuon. West Mebon may have originally housed a renowned bronze Buddha statue which is now held at the National Museum in Phnom Penh. Also see ‘Barays’. The West Baray, though ancient, is filled with water year round and has become a local recreational area. Take route #6 west from town. Turn right about 3 km past the airport turnoff. A short boat ride is necessary to visit the ruins.



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