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West Mebon

West Mebon

Ruins of the central island temple of the West Baray. West Mebon is in poor shape, consisting primarily of a single wall displaying some carving in fair condition. The carvings exhibit some of the first examples of carving of animal in natural, nonmythological scenes, reminiscent of carving on Baphoun. 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 about 3 km past the airport turnoff.Ashortboatrideisnecessarytovisittheruins.Constructed:Late11thcentury/C.E./Religion:Hindu(Vishnu)/King/Patron: Udayadityavarman VII/Style: Baphuon.

 

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