"Neak Pean" Cambodia Things to Do Tip by Rodan44

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  Neak Pean basin (dry season)
by Rodan44

Neak Pean is another Buddhist temple built in the 12th century by Jayavarman VII, but it is quite unlike any other temple in Angkor. It is designed as a 350 square meter terrace with a 75 square meter center basin for retaining water. In the center of the basin, a prang tower sits on a stepped base like an island in the artifical lake. On each side of the basin can be found small cave-like sanctuaries with a large stone head of a different creature inside each. The water retained here was used as part of the intricate Angkor irrigation system.

Directions: northeast of Ankgor Thom, ~10km from Siem Reap

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  • Written Oct 3, 2004
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