Beng Mealea means “Lotus Pond” in Khmer Language. The temple has the same style to Angkor Wat and was built by the same king, Suryavarman II in early of 12th century. It is located 40 km east of the main group of temples of Angkor, on the ancient royal highway to Preah Khan Kompong Svay. This Temple is a an amazing temple in the fresh nature in the jungle .
It was built as a Hindu 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. It was difficult to reach it in the past, but the road was recently built to the temple of Koh Ker passes Beng Mealea and more visitors are coming to the site, as it is 77 km from Siem Reap by road.