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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  • one of the most beautiful temple to see, the site is amazing, water, stone and nature, the view is sublime, the way too, a long bridge that overlooks terrible water bodies, a great memory, very impressive to see.
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  • A land bridge to a boardwalk will take you to this small moated site. Different, and worth the 20 minutes it will take you to get there and back, but if you are pressed for time, you could give this o...  more »
  • Much quieter than the main sites within the complex. Great views along the boardwalk. Something a little different.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • An entrance with beautiful swamp land around it and this makes it different from all the other temples. It is not as impressive as others but still worth a visit.
  • Is one of several temples in Siem Reap. It is rather different from the other ones as it is situated in an artificial island. There is a wooden walkway that lead to it. The scenes of the lake is amazing though it looks more like a swamp than a lake. The temple itself is small and is overlooking smaler lakes. It's part of the large trip of the angkor wat complex. Worth a visit.
  • The wooden footpath to the temple is surrounded by beautiful scnenic swamp land.

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