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Siem Reap Beng Melea
Location: 70km east of Siem Reap
Price: US$ 5, not included in the temple pass
Opening hours: daily, 05:00 - 17:00
Best time to visit: Anytime
Total visiting time: minimum 1 hour
How to get there: If you have enough pocket money take a helicopter… otherwise the road from Siem Reap to the temple has been finished so it will take around 1.5 hours to get there. Follow route No 6 in direction Phnom Penh until Damdek. From here turn north and follow the signs.
Otherwise take the road to Banteay Srei and take a right turn just infront of the Banteay Srei parking lot. Continue for another 8 km before you turn right at the crossroads. Follow the road for another 26km until you reach a T-junction and take a left here. You will reach the south gate of the Bang Melea temple after 11 km.
(Apsara Dancer carving at Beng Melea Temple)
Our Tip: Combine a trip to Bang Melea with a visit to Koh Ker as both temples are not far from each other.
(Collapsed galleries at Beng Melea)
Date: Middle of the 12th century, Reign: Suryavarman II, Religion: Hindu
Beng Melea is a large and romantic temple site still mostly in the condition in which it was discovered. Its chaotic state, with collapsed galleries and towers as well as all the uncleared vegetation with trees growing out from the ruins make Beng Melea the most ‘explorable’ temple in the region.
(Trees growing out of the ruins at Beng Melea)
Beng Melea is one of the major monuments of the classical period in the style of Angkor Wat. Bang Melea offers some impressive stone vaultings and also several interesting lintels as well as high standard carvings can be found.
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