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Neak Pean, Siem Reap

#15 of 57 in Historic Sites in Siem Reap
Ruin · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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. PutNeak 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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  • Nice views😍! It’s a good place to visit in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It was an ancient and sacred hospital.  more »
  • Right between the temples of "Ta Som" and "Preah Khan", you will find "Neak Pean" - a square pool with, at its center, like an island, a fountain built, in the 12th century, by King Jayavarman VII...  more »
  • A long walk through the marshy area to get to the temple, unfortunately not accessible and can only see and take pictures from afar. Definitely a different style of temple compared to the others. There are still people worshipping and offering to this temple. Well worth seeing!
  • Another historical place in Cambodia. So much history, culture and craftsmanship. One place more interesting than the next. Overwhelming and at times overcrowded. It is recommended to go very early morning to avoid crowds and the heat. Take a small towel and lots of water to be prepared. Otherwise enjoy it is a cultural journey
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