Neak Pean is an artificial island with a Buddhist temple in the middle of the Jayatataka Baray, the last baray (artificial lake) to be constructed by a Khmer king in the Angkor area

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Full Day Preah Khan and Neak Pean Temples Tour

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Visit the Preah Khan (Royal Sword) temple which was built in the 12th century for King Jayavarman V...

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Half-Day Preah Khan and Neak Pean Temples from Siem Reap

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Visit the 12th century Preah Khan temple, and Neak Pean, a circular artificial island with a Buddhi...

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Angkor Wat and Floating Village: 3-Day Private Tour

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... Buddhist university. Admire Neak Pean island temple and discover hidden waterfalls on a 3-day private tour of Cambodia.

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Siem Reap: Banteay Srey and Preah Khan Temples Day Tour

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...emples of Banteay Srey, Preah Khan, and Neak Pean on a full-day tour from Siem Reap, and see highlights of the former Kh...

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Angkor Discovery 3 Day Tour

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...i, Ta Prohm, Kompong Phluk, Day 3: Visit Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som, Local Restaurant & Traditional Apsara Dance Show

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Siem Reap: Banteay Srey , Ta Som, Pre Rup Temples Tour

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...or temples of Banteay Srey, Preah Khan, Neak Pean, and Pre Rup on a full-day tour from Siem Reap, and see highlights of ...

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Neak Pean, Siem Reap

Neak Pean is an artificial island with a Buddhist temple in the middle of the Jayatataka Baray, the last baray (artificial lake) to be constructed by a Khmer king in the Angkor area.

Neak Pean is an artificial island with a Buddhist temple in the middle of the Jayatataka Baray, the last baray (artificial lake) to be constructed by a Khmer king in the Angkor area. Set in the midst of lush greenery with reflective pools of water, Neak Pean is popular for its gorgeous scenery. The central 70 metre x 70 metre square pond in which the temple stands represents Lake Anavatapta in the Himalayas, a mythical water body with healing powers at the centre of the universe. It is surrounded by 4 ponds in the cardinal directions representing the 4 great rivers, connected by chapels with sculpted fountainheads - elephant chapel to the north, human chapel to the east, lion chapel to the south, and horse chapel to the west. The circular island in the centre has a diameter of 14 metres, with a stepped base of 7 laterite tiers encircled by two Naga snakes (Nanda and Upananda) which guard the east entrance. In front of this entrance stands a statue of the mythical flying horse Balaha which is believed to rescue stranded sailors. The tails of the snakes intertwine at the west end, giving the temple its name Neak Pean which translates to 'entwined snakes'. Though originally dedicated to Buddha, the temple also contains Hindu images.


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Krol Ko

Krol Ko is a Buddhist temple built in the 12th-13th century by King Jayavarman VII

Ta Som

Ta Som is a small temple at Angkor built in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII to honor his father Dharanindravarman II

Preah Khan

The Preah Khan is one of the largest temple complexes at Angkor, spread over 56 hectares to the north-east of Angkor Thom

Ta Keo

Ta Keo was built circa 1000 as the state temple of Jayavarman V, son of Rajendravarman

Ta Prohm

One of the most alluring and photogenic sites in Cambodia, the Ta Prohm temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor

Banteay Kdei

The Bankeay Kdei, also known as 'Citadel of Monks' Cells' is a 12th century Buddhist monastic complex built under Jayavarman VII

Srah Srang

Srah Srang is a baray or artificial reservoir at Angkor that dates back to the mid-10th century

Prasat Kravan

Prasat Kravan is a 10th century Hindu temple in Siem Reap dedicated to the deity Vishnu

Prae Rup

One of the oldest temples at Angkor, Pre Rup was built in the 10th century as the state temple of Khmer king Rajendravarman

Bayon

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