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Neak Pean, Siem Reap

Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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3.6/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web
An artificial island with great historic and religious significance, Neak Pean features a series of ponds and a central temple. A 12th-century king ordered the construction of five temples on five square ponds arranged in a concentric Mandala structure, dedicated to Avalokitesvara--the epitome of compassion. The central pond, which according to some historians symbolizes a mythical Himalayan lake, used to receive water through mouths of four different gargoyles--a lion, a horse, an elephant, and a human head--representing the four elements or the world's four great rivers. Notice the statue facing the main temple--it represents Balaha, a flying horse with five heads rescuing drowning sailors from a female sea demon. Put Neak Pean and other Siem Reap attractions into our Siem Reap trip generator, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Neak Pean is one of the most amazing places in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. It was a temple that builds in the region of king Jayavarman VII. 
  • magnificent! To achieve this sacred place you must go on the catwalks that make amazing travel experiences in Cambodia! Here you'll have something you won't elsewhere, not to be missed!
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  • 需要經過一個大型湖泊才可到達 Prasat Neak Pean,但因為Prasat Neak Pean 是建在一個水池的中央,很難想像在建築時是如何可以有這樣設計,並將之化為現實 
  • The meaning of this temple is Zen or balance in nature. Maybe this will look nice when the water is full and the 4 small ponds will bring water to the big pond in the middle where the entwined Naga is located. But during dry season... it looks rubish.
  • Nothing much to see as they blocked the access and you are not able to go around the entire place, but is a nice thing to see. The history of the place is cool. I recommend a quick stop.
  • The best temple in my opinion, small and unique path to reach there. I'm glad that I didn't miss it.
  • Different than many of the other temples. You walk on a long wooden bridge to get to the temple on an artificial island
  • all time you all can visit it but in the evening maybe at 6 pm the temple will be closed by authority so no one can go inside. When you arrive there you will see Jayatataka Baray, you will walk on a small wooed bridge over to the temple. It's fantastic. I think.
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