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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 and other Siem Reap attractions into our Siem Reap trip generator, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Small temple situated central of pond, nice water refraction surround. Peaceful place to escape or rest.  more »
  • Neak Pean temple is nothing special. It just consists of some little temples. But the path going there is the true treasure. To go there you have to pass through the long wood bridge above the clear w...  more »
  • The walk to the temple is beautiful although the temple is pretty ordinary. Was one of the more memorable temples just because of the scenic lake view getting to the temple. Would recommend if you hav...  more »
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  • To approach here, we need to pass cozy path through scenic lake.
  • An incredible temple but because of the lakes it's not allowed to get close to the images.
  • This is an interesting place, water's presence brings a quite different type of energy. Come here early in the morning or late at night as there's little shadow to shield you from the sun.
  • The temple is very small and you cannot get near to it as it is fenced up. The road to the temple is pleasant, surrounded by trees but you cannot see the baray. The baray is huge, second only to West Baray. You do not need a boat to get to the man made island as there is a narrow elevated boardwalk. The walk over to the island is easy but need a little caution when there are visitors in the opposite direction. The baray has a magical feel as tress are growing out of the water. It looks like a scene from Lord of the Ring.
  • The bike ride over from Preah Khan was nice - lots of trees and less busy roads. The temple was busy with tons of locals when we arrived, making the walk over to the island on the elevated walking path a bit crowded. However, you can't deny that the views are magical of the old trees sticking out from the water. Overall, worth the visit for something a little different.