West Mebon is a small temple within a man-made island, which itself is within the huge man-made reservoir called West Baray.
West Mebon was built on the orders of King Udayadityavarman II, in the 11th Century, on the man-made island. It comprises a large square pond of some 100 meter square with a sandstone platform in the middle. Today only the east and south gopuras are still standing, along with the walls along the gopuras. A magnificent bronze Vishnu was found on the West Mebon in 1936 and can now be view at the National Museum in Phnom Penh.
Today nothing much remains of the West Mebon temple, except for its east and south gopuras. This is definitely not a place for anybody but a more serious Angkor enthusiast.
Construction DetailsBuilt in the 11th Century
started by King Suryavarman I (reigned 1001-1050)
completed by King Udayadityavarman II (reigned 1050-1066)
How to reach West MebonWest Mebon is not a major sight in Angkor, and considering it is not easy to reach, is often outside most tour itineraries. To reach the West Mebon, first read the directions to the West Baray. You may need to hire a boat to take you to West Mebon. The boat ride in West Baray itself forms a most pleasant excursion.