A Visit To Beng Mealea – The Hidden Temple of Cambodia

Cambodia has become a more and more popular country for tourists in the last few years. That is especially true for the city of Siem Reap, which attracts people from all around the world who are keen on seeing the historical Khmer jungle temples. However, not many tourists know about the hidden temple of Beng Mealea.


Just 40km east of the main group of Angkor temple lies one of the most impressive temples of the area. Passing through the local villages, a bumpy road will lead you to the entrance to the complex, where you will have to buy a ticket for $5.

It is presumed the temple was built in the 12th century, during the reign of King Suryavaraman—which makes is more than 900 years old. Little is known about the original use of the temple, although researchers found some Hindu and a few Buddhist motives at the complex.

The temple is composed of a series of galleries and libraries, which surround the central building. The entire site looks like it was struck by an earthquake, with large stones remaining of what used to be tall buildings. Nature gave this place an even more eerie feeling as most of the walls are strangled by figs wrap and moss is growing out of every wall.

You can opt to pay for a guided tour of the complex or just stroll freely. If you want to avoid sharing the day with other tourists, try to get there in the early morning and just explore the hidden spots of this amazing spot in the jungle.