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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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  • Surrounded by a lagoon and tropical landscape, Neak Pean is a worth visiting beautiful temple. To access the unusual Temple is crossed via a bridge without railings a man-made lagoon. The harmonious music of ex-combatants of the civil war can be heard Khmer (found wounded waiting for your charity) is worth the pena detenese together and lend a collaboration for the plight that lived. Returning to the temple I resuto different, very interesting and beautiful! in the central part has a large Cambodian stupa which appears to emerge from the water. Surrounded completely by water temple has different sources i terraces that give a design out of the ordinary. I reiterate the landscape, the temple and the walk of Neak Pean is sincerely happy! not to lose this site
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  • Nyack Pointe's meaning of "serpent annoyingness. composed by the central lake and four Koike pond ruins. This ruins the Western baray, considered mebon Temple is built in the center of the East baray pond with the same meaning. On is Nyack Pointe was built in the center of the rectangles attached to the northeast of Angkor Thom Oike jayatataka (meaning "Jayavarman pond"). Are gone now, 乾上gatte pond, but sides Koike four jumping 70 m to the Center, attached to the four cardinal points are connected by the gutter beak. Gutter beak respectively, elephant, Lion, cow's head motif and the pieces with outstanding sculpture. Chaotically entwined snake is at the heart of the Central pond, circular seven-story stylobate was built, the Tower has been installed on. 2 Pet Snake, surrounds the stylobate in the torso, lifted the serpent head at the East front is twined round the tail in the facade. Is the name of the temple is named after the appearance of this two. Jinba ikenaka Tower on the East side called the dog the incarnation of the goddess of mercy and it has life-size statues of people desperately clinging. In depicting the story in the ecological tale helped jinba dog shipwrecked traveler is the Oni retreated from the island.
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  • The temple itself wouldn't be missed but the location is absolutely worth the visit a temple on the water, on an island on the water! at the time of our visit the baray was quite full and the vision of dead trees, the nymphs, the immense basin was truly wonderful!
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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.
  • It's a small area with not too much to see, but worth a quick stop if you're passing. The temple itself is in the center with 4 smaller pools connected in each direction. To the left and right of the first pool you see when you enter the area are remnants of huts where fortune tellers supposedly sat to assign you to a specific element/area for healing.

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