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Why Neak Pean is special ?
Neak Pean is one of the temples that make one dream of the golden days of luxury and beauty. It was worth while to the overpowering temples of Siva that men and armies repaired; but it was at the tiny temple of Neak Pean that eager princesses laid their lovely offerings of wrought gold and pungent perfumes.
Prasat Neak Pean is located in the east of Prah Khan, 300 meters (984 feet) from the road.
Neak Pean is a large square man-made pond (70 meters, 230 feet each side) bordered by steps and surrounded by four smaller ponds. A small circular island with a stepped base of seven laterite tiers is in the center of the large square pond. Small elephants sculpted in the round originally stood on the four comers. The central tower was dedicated to Avalokitesvara.
What to explore at Neak Pean?
Although. Neak Pean is small and a collection of five ponds, it is worth a visit for its unique features. It is believed to have been consecrated to Buddha coning to the glory of Nivana.
The central pond is a replica of Lake Anavatapta in the Himalayas, situated at the top of the universe. The lake gives birth to the four great rivers of the earth. These rivers are represented at Neak Pean by sculpted gargoyles corresponding to the four cardinal points Lake Anavatapta was fed by hot springs and venerated in India for the curative powers of its waters. The orientation of the ponds at Neak Pean ensured that the water was always fresh because the pods received only reflected light.
- One of the lesser visited temples
- Neak Pean - something different
- Small but perfectly formed
- Nice walk over the water”
- Great Natural View
Neak Pean, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Tips for you
The temple of Neak Pean is not crowded with tourists nor is it very well known, which is why I was very glad that our guide chose to bring us to this hidden little temple. The temple of Neak Pean is also called the temple of Intertwined Serpents. The entrance is through a long bridge over a swamp that is currently filled with dead trees and snakes. This bridge and swamp give it a fascinating, mysterious atmosphere. And the temple and the swamp resonate with fascinating mythology about the waters of this once being a cure for all illness.