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    Best Place to Start a Walking Tour

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 18, 2010
    Trail from the South Gate to the Boardwalk
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    Wikipedia has a drawing that outlines a walking tour, but we added more locations on the east side, back (north) and west side. The beginning of the tour is a set of wooden stairs to the right of the unrestored, impassable south gate. The walking tour mostly follows a boardwalk that was originally constructed during the filming of the movie, Two Brothers, in 2004, and is still being expanded. There are licensed guides at the top of the stairs if you would like to have an escorted tour; however, it's actually not difficult to find your own way along the boardwalk.

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    West Gate of Outer Wall

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 17, 2010
    West Gate of Outside Wall and Platform
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    We did not try to go inside through the West Gate. We just went under its platform and continued south. Actually there was a huge building just to the west of the platform. From the Beng Mealea diagram it is the same shape as a structure on the east side. The East Gate was the main entrance in ancient times but is now closed due to dangerous rubble. We did not go to the East Gate, but evidently you can enter the outer gallery through a small door just to the right of the gate and see carvings of the god of fire in the lintel over the first door by the first ramp, and an image of a three-headed elephant.

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    Scenes from the Boardwalk

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 17, 2010
    Collapsed Central Sanctuary
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    Most of Beng Mealea is unrestored making it even more interesting. New areas of the temple are still being added to the boardwalk. The boardwalk is definitely not handicapped accessible. It winds up and down with many steep stairs and ramps. It also goes through the collapsed Turtle Carving Library on the northeast side of the inner gallery. See also a videoclip.

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    Three-Corridor Building in Southwest Corner

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 17, 2010
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    This building was next to the south outside wall and had some really nice carvings on the three doors facing west. These blind doors, lintels and pediments are the style found at Angkor Wat. Notice the large stone hand or foot lying on the ground by the south door.

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    Maze of Buildings, Galleries, Rubble and Tunnel

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 17, 2010
    Rubble with Beautiful Carvings
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    The guide led us from the southwest corner of the outer gallery through a maze of buildings and rubble to another "tunnel," and then back to where we started the walking tour. I am sure glad that I did not have to find the way myself. Also, a mysterious energy tried to capture me in the "tunnel" (see the Warnings and Danger tip).

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    Must Cut Some Trees

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 17, 2010
    Remains of a Large Tree
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    Many trees (e.g. strangler figs) grow on the ruins in Cambodia. When they get too large and their weight starts to crack the building or wall, they must be cut down. This is an example on the south outside wall of Beng Mealea next to the three-corridor building. The tree had already been cut down but you can get the idea.

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    Normal End to the Walking Tour

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 17, 2010
    Regular Walking Tour Goes Back Via Opening on Left
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    The normal way to finish the Beng Mealea walking tour is to head directly south from the Northeast Library toward the Southeast Library, then back to the original boardwalk. In the picture that is through the hole in the wall on the left. Instead, we went over the north outside wall, then west toward the North Gate.

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    South Walkway to Beng Mealea

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 17, 2010
    Start of the South Walkway
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    From the parking area near the market, you cross a stone bridge over the moat and approach Beng Mealea along a dirt walkway to the unrestored, impassable south gate. There are public restrooms on the right just before you get to the ruins. See also a videoclip.

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    Walk around the Temple's outer walls

    by Bonobo2005 Updated Aug 31, 2006

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    Collapsed Western entrance

    A good idea is to start with a hike around the Temple for first impression and to observe the outer walls and entrances. There is a little path.

    In the case of Beng Mealea (around 1 km2) I recommend to go around clock wise from the main access route, and you will come across the most convenient passage to the inner complex at about three quarters. Expect to take about 45 minutes as you walk slowly around.

    The atmosphere is breath taking.

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    More of the Maze

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 17, 2010
    This Window Needed Help
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    We passed another cut tree and saw a previously cut tree starting to grow back before we reached the "tunnel" with the mysterious light.

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    Southwest Corner of Outer Gallery

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 17, 2010
    Southwest Corner of Outer Gallery
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    There are several interesting artifacts lying around in the southwest part of the outer gallery. There is also a three-corridor building with nice carvings (see the next tip).

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    East Side of Beng Mealea Outer Gallery

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 17, 2010
    Outer Gallery on Northeast Side of Beng Mealea
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    The east side of Beng Mealea's outer gallery is off the boardwalk so there are fewer people. To get there you must walk along a ledge overgrown with roots. See also a videoclip.

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    "Tunnel" to the East

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 17, 2010
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    From the platform at the top of the steep stairs on the north side of the inner gallery the path goes down and through a dark "tunnel" toward the Northeast Library in the outer gallery.

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    Turtle Carving

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 17, 2010
    Location of Turtle Carving
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    Inside the collapsed Turtle Carving Library in the northeast corner of the inner gallery there is a large rectangular stone lintel with a carving of the churning of the ocean of milk with a turtle.

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    Made It All the Way Back

    by AlbuqRay Written Jul 16, 2010
    Just Go Through This Door
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    After surviving the dark "tunnel" with the mysterious energy, it was not far back to where the walking tour started.

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