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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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  • Stayed there just before it closed, then at sunset. Beautiful colors, changing every minute, the sky reflected in the sea and a huge amount of bugs, dragonflies, pink eggs and flowers to see before getting to the ruins. Deserves
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  • Small site which is accessed via a footbridge crossing a tub that depending on the season it can be dry or filled with water. If you go here you can stop some twenty minutes to visit, but if you can't, don't worry.
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  • After a while all the temples in the grand and small circuit may begin to look similar, but not Neak Pean. The first thing that takes your breath away is the walk to the temple. The thin wooden walkwa...  more »
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  • Along with Angkor Wat and Preah Khan, Neak Pean is really worth visiting. In the middle of a lake, access is via a boardwalk. NB. The beauty is in the lake, surroundings, the small temple and indeed from the musicians playing lovely local music as you step onto the boardwalk. Caveat: If you are into the temples, go for the others in the area but those mentioned above are better. If you can, go late morning or early afternoon, as this seems to be when the tourist busses are moving their hordes to meals and shops. Like me, feel free to tell the Chinese language guides to keep their voice down - really not necessary to be heard 50 metres away. Be warned: in 2017, the government is doubling and maybe tripling the entry ticket prices. Would be nice to see the tens of millions of USD raised going to more restoration and conservation.
  • I liked this temple more than others, best in big circle. Located on a small Island, in rainy season you go via wooden bridge across beautiful lake
  • It was really awesome. I liked here rather than Angkor wat. The tower is in a small island among the big lake. And the way led to the tower was splendid.
  • It's very interesting
  • 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.