Forgotten Sacred Stones Of Beng Mealea

Forgotten Sacred Stones

Beng Mealea is a large, unrestored temple surrounded and partly overgrown by jungle near Phnom Kulen National Park at considerable distance from Siem Reap and the main Angkor temples.

The temple built out of large sandstone blocks adorned with both Hindu and Buddhist depictions is oriented towards the East. As no foundation stele has been found, the temple’s founding date is not known with certainty. Judging from its style, archaeologists believe that Beng Mealea was built by King Suryavarman II during the first half of the 12th century, just before or around the same time as Angkor Wat.