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"Neak Pean" Neak Pean Tip by Ewingjr98

Neak Pean, Angkor Wat: 15 reviews and 29 photos

  Neak Pean's main tower
by Ewingjr98
  • Neak Pean's main tower - Angkor Wat
      Neak Pean's main tower
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  • Neak Pean - Angkor Wat
      Neak Pean
    by Ewingjr98

Neak Pean is on the northern edge of the Grand Circuit. It consists of a central tower, surrounded by a circular pond. This central pond is surrounded by four others in a clover-leaf shape. However, in the dry season, the ponds are all empty and this temple is not very spectacular or photogenic.

Neak Pean was constructed in the 12th century under Jayavarman VII. The name means "entwined serpents" and refers to the two snakes lying around the base of the monument. Its four pools represent Water, Earth, Fire and Wind and were used to help cure disease.


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  • Updated May 12, 2007
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