West Mebon

West Mebon is the ruins of the central island temple of the West Baray. It is in poor shape, consisting mainly 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. This temple may have originally housed a renowned bronze Buddha statue which is now held at the National Museum in Phnom Penh. The West Baray, though ancient, is filled with water year round and has become a local recreational area. The temple was constructed in the late 11th century by Udayadityavarman VII inĀ Baphuon style, and is located 12kms West of Siem Reap.

West Mebon

Date:

Middle of the 11th century

Style:

Baphuon

Reign:

Udayadityavarman II

Religion:

Hinduism