Eastern Mebon, Siem Reap

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#15 of 46 in Historic Sites in Siem Reap
One of the best-preserved temples in the Angkor city and part of a World Heritage Site, Eastern Mebon attracts visitors with its well-preserved elephant statues and five cone-shaped pillars. Climb the four stairways guarded by the picturesque elephants and admire the stone carvings of verses from Hindu mythology and historical scripts. While the whole complex honors Shiva and the parents of the king Rajendravarman II, the small altars inside the pillars are dedicated to other Hindu deities. Along with the exquisite examples of architecture, the temple stands out for its use of red brick made from iron-rich clay. Put Eastern Mebon into our Siem Reap vacation builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 15, 2017
    This temple is one of the few oldest temple around Angkor Thom. It might be another temple off the beaten path but the uniqueness of this temple is that it stands right in the middle of the former Eas...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Eastern mebon is a lovely temple. It is a hindu temple. The elephant figure is cute. At the gate it looks small but as you progress you will see big 5 towers. You can visit if you take grand line tour...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Here, the elephants statues at the corners of the temple structure differentiate it from the rest of the temples.  more »
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  • May 3, 2017
    East Mebon may not be as grand as Bayon or Angkor Wat but it is none the less a great temple to visit in Angkor. It is a partially restored temple mountain, you can climb to the top tier and enjoy the view and contemplate. It is very peaceful as there is little crowd. Look out for the elephant sculptures at the four corners of the lower two tiers. Definitely worth visiting if you have the time.
  • February 20, 2017
    Beautiful temple, but not much to see there. Less crowded so can spend sometime pondering if you like that. Not a temple to go for if you want to have less time on your trip, but go there if you have time and want some peaceful less crowded place. Late afternoon/evening recommended when the sun is in the West and coats the temple golden.
  • July 14, 2017
    Cool temple. Not the coolest, but worth it if you bought a 3 or 7 day pass.
  • May 21, 2017
    One of the early Angkor temples. If you'd like to experience the full magnificence of Angkor, don't only stick to the most known temples, but visit many in a chronological order, so you can feel the history and rising power of an empire!
  • March 31, 2017
    One of my favorite temples! Worth the stop during your visit to Angkor Archaeological Park.

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