Neak Pean, Siem Reap

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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 into our Siem Reap travel itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • It is a temple that is smaller than many others. Houses original remains in his position. Indeed, it is located in the middle of an artificial island, and you have to walk over a very long bridge to get there. This Buddhist temple is more beautiful, the interesting visiting under all items.
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  • There was a statue of a cow (possibly Shiva's mount) in the pool, and there was nothing else. In general, the large circle of attractions dine, the first day was Barong and Angkor Wat shook, the next day the temple is too common.
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  • Peculiar because the pathway into the Middle but wooden bridge, the hot air on the shadow wireless bridges may make you feel a question that why we came, but once the emotions are similar to the Castle has seen deterioration in the Nova prodigy. There is a sacred pond, we have visited.
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  • Loved this stop in the grand tour. The wooden bridge over the lake is very dramatic. The place in itself lacks the grandeur of a lot of the other temples, but is equally interesting in my opinion (these 4 basins being considered at the time as an hospital). You should definitely read about it before/during your visit.
  • The best time to visit here is in the wet season. But it would be pretty good as long as there is water around. After you walk pass the wood bridge you can not enter into the centre. But still worth a visit.
  • I liked this temple because it was very different from all the others we visited. The others are more impressive, bigger, more detailed but this one is special because it has a beautiful long and narrow walkway surrounded by water and the temple itself also has water in the middle. We spent about 25' visiting it.
  • Great feeling to walking on the bridge and surrounding by the lake. And connection to the temple Neak Pean
  • Our driver told us we should stop at this temple, and the impressive moat caught our interest. If you have plenty of time at the temples and aren't feeling "templed-out", this is a neat one to see! But if you are short with time, i think you should skip it.

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