Beng Mealea

Beng Melea was built to the same floor plan as Angkor Wat, however nature has taken over and most of the temple lies in ruins while trees grow over the walls that are still standing. Built in the 12th century under Suryavarman II it hasn’t been touched since. Exploring the ruins requires maneuvering over huge sandstone blocks and tree roots, through long dark chambers and between hanging jungle vines. The central tower has completely collapsed, but there are still many impressive carvings and a well-preserved library to see.

Read more about it in Beng Mealea: Angkor Wat’s forgotten stepsister

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