Boeng Mealea Temple

Location: 77 km from Siem Reap Town by road

Date: the first half of the 12th century

King: Suryavarman II

Religion: Hindu (dedicated to Vishnu)

Art Style: Angkor Wat

The remains of Boeng Mealea, which are still partly buried under vegetation, consist of perfectly squared-off sandstone building blocks. The outstanding decoration dates from the first half of the 12th century.

In various times, the monument, whose central section consists of three concentric enclosures, remains known poorly because of its ruined state.

Although the pediments of some buildings are sculpted with narrative scenes from the Ramayana, and while Hindu iconographic themes are plentiful, Boeng Mealea is clearly a Buddhist sanctuary as Banteay Samrè, which is more or less contemporaneous. This is confirmed by the magnificent statue of the Bodhisattva Lokeshvara discovered in the monument and today housed at the Angkor Conservancy.

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