Beng Melea : บึงมาลา

11 votes
It was built as hinduist temple, but there are some carvings depicting buddhist motifs. Its primary material is sandstone and it is largely unrestored, with trees and thick brush thriving amidst its towers and courtyards and many of its stones lying in great heaps. For years it was difficult to reach, but a road recently built to the temple complex of Koh Ker passes Beng Mealea and more visitors are coming to the site, as it is 77 km from Siem Reap by road.


Map of Beng Mealea, from a drawing by D'apres Leon de Beylie (1849-1910). In red the partially equipped path used to visit the temple.
The history of the temple is unknown and it can be dated only by its architectural style, identical to Angkor Wat, so scholars assumed it was built during the reign of king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. Smaller in size than Angkor Wat, the king's main monument, Beng Mealea nonetheless ranks among the Khmer empire's larger temples: the gallery which forms the outer enclosure of the temple is 181 m by 152 m. It was the center of a town, surrounded by a moat 1025 m by 875 m large and 45 m wide.
Beng Mealea is oriented toward the east, but has entranceways from the other three cardinal directions. The basic layout is three enclosing galleries around a central sanctuary, collapsed at present. The enclosures are tied with "cruciform cloisters", like Angkor Wat. Structures known as libraries lie to the right and left of the avenue that leads in from the east. There is extensive carving of scenes from Hindu mythology, including the Churning of the Sea of Milk and Vishnu being borne by the bird god Garuda. Causeways have long balustrades formed by bodies of the seven-headed Naga serpent.
It was built mostly of sandstone: Beng Mealea is only 7 km far from the angkorian sandstone quarries of Phnom Kulen, as the crow flies. Presumably sandstone blocks used for Angkor were transported along artificial water canals and passed from here. Despite of lack of information, the quality of architecture and decorations has drown the attention of French scholars just from its discovery
Continue reading +

Auteur:

Vorapoj Songcharoen
Distinguish Gold
Member

Latitude: 13° 28' 40" N, Longitude: 104° 13' 30" E see »

Localisation: Cambodia

Panoramas by Vorapoj Songcharoen Gold

Type: Country:
Map List

Angkor Wat : 3rd level line

sphere
1 votes

It take about 30 to 50 minutes to wait in line for visiting  the third level of Angkor Wat

Beng Melea : ทัวร์เขมรบึงมาลา กับ อ.วีระ ธีระภัทรานนท์ และ รศ.ดร.สุเนตร ชุตินธรานนท์

sphere

Beng Melea : บึงมาลา Beng Melea temple has three gallery walls and a moat at the entrance. The interior temple area is a big pile of rubble, great...

Beng Melea : บึงมาลา

sphere
11 votes

It was built as hinduist temple, but there are some carvings depicting buddhist motifs. Its primary material is sandstone and it is largely...

Phra That Na Dun : พระธาตุนาดูน

sphere
11 votes

Phra That Na Dun is located in Na Dun district of Maha Sarakham Province. Phra That is located in an area on which the ancient town of Champasi was...

Ku Santarattana Baray : บาราย กู่สันตรัตน์

sphere
1 votes

Ku Santarat is also called Santaratana. It is a small Khmer site and is located not too far from the Phra That Na Dun. Different experts disagree...

Ku Santarattana : กู่สันตรัตน์

sphere
11 votes

Maha Sarakham Province of Thailand is around 475 kilometers from Bangkok and it is located in the northeastern part of the country. Maha Sarakham...

Lam Takhong Dam : เขื่อนลำตะคลอง

sphere
2 votes

Lam Takhong Dam is at Tambon Lat Bua Khao, around 62 kilometres from the city.  A road branches off Highway No. 2 (Nakhon Ratchasima-Saraburi) at...

Tara Angkor Hotel

sphere
1 votes

Tara Angkor Hotel is conveniently located on the road to Angkor only 5km from the entrance. As you can see from our map, Siem Reap is not a big...

Tara Angkor Hotel

sphere
1 votes

The Tara Angkor Hotel, opened since 2007, is proud to announce that it has been awarded the ‘insiders’ selection’ by the online website Expedia and...

Interior of Bayon Temple, Angkor

sphere
1 votes

The Bayon (Khmer, Prasat bayon) is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. Built in the late 12th century or early...

Angkor Thom : Terrace of the Elephants

sphere
10 votes

The Terrace of the Elephants (Khmer) is part of the walled city of Angkor Thom, a ruined temple complex in Cambodia. The terrace was used by...

Shanghai Mansion, Bangkok Thailand

sphere
11 votes

Shanghai Mansion Experience the Romance of Old Shanghai when you stay at Shanghai Mansion Bangkok hotel, the only Special Hotel of the World...

Shanghai Mansion, Bangkok Thailand

sphere
1 votes

Shanghai Mansion Experience the Romance of Old Shanghai when you stay at Shanghai Mansion Bangkok hotel, the only Special Hotel of the World...

Ta Prohm

sphere
12 votes

Ta Prohm (Khmer) is the modern name of a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and...

Terrace of the Elephants

sphere
2 votes

The Terrace of the Elephants (Khmer) is part of the walled city of Angkor Thom, a ruined temple complex in Cambodia. The terrace was used by...

Bayon

sphere
1 votes

The Bayon (Khmer, Prasat bayon) is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. Built in the late 12th century or early...

Phnom Bakheng

sphere
2 votes

Phnom Bakheng (Khmer) at Angkor, Cambodia, is a Hindu temple in the form of a temple mountain. Dedicated to Shiva, it was built at the end of the...

Way at Shanghai Mansion, China Town Bangkok

sphere
1 votes

Experience the Romance of Old Shanghai when you stay at Shanghai Mansion Bangkok hotel, the only Special Hotel of the World located in Bangkok’s...

Angkor Wat

sphere
5 votes

Angkor Wat (or Angkor Vat) (Khmer) is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his...

Bhanom Kulen (Phnom Kulen National Park)

sphere
1 votes

The Phnom Kulen mountain range is located 30 km northwards from Angkor Wat. Its name means "mountain of the lychees". There is a sacred hilltop...

pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 >> >|
Voir tous les auteurs » Find out more about Vorapoj Songcharoen »