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Beng Mealea Temple in Siem Reap

Discover Beng Melea, a late 11th century temple 50km from Siem Reap. The temple has been neglected and is still seldom visited. The galeries, pools, libraries and sanctuaries lie under fig-tree roots and creepers, waiting to be discovered. 

The scene at this temple has hardly changed since the French stumbled across it in the middle of the 19th century. Its grey-black stones splashed with green algae are perfectly disguised by the dense jungle, which for centuries has claimed and smothered the buildings. In many places tree roots , looks like the tentacles of a giant octopus.

Drive through the countryside and the rice fields alongside the Kulen Mountain range.

Beng Mealea is a spectacular sight to behold. it's one of the most mysterious temples at Angkor, as nature hs well and truly run riot here exploring this Titanic of temples is Angkor's ultimate lost-temple experience. Build in the 12th century under Suryavarman II (1112-1152) to the same floorplan as Angkor Wat, Beng Mealea is enclosed by a massive most measuring 1.2km buy by 900m, much of which has dried up today. The temple is at the centre of an ancient Angkorian road. connecting Angkor Thom and Preah Khan in Preah Vihear Province.

Beng Mealea used to be utterly subsumed by jungle, but some of the dense follage has been cute back in recent years. entering from the south visitor went their way over pilles of masonry. Through long dark chambers an between hanging vines to arrive at the central tower. which has completely  collapsed, hidden away among the rubble and foliange are several impressive carvings. and a well preserved library in the mortheastern quadrant. there is also a large wooden walkway to the centre. originally constructed for the filming of Jean-Jacques Annaud's Two Brother (2004).

The temple is a special place and it is worth taking the time to explore thoroughly.

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