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Neak Pean

Date of Construction:
Late 12th century C.E.
Religious Affiliation:
Patron or King:
Jayavarman VII
Artistic/Archeo. Style:
Location of Entrance:
Road from north
Duration of Visit:
30-45 minutes
Time to Visit:
Photography Notes:
Best in west season when the reflecting pools are full.
13d27'47N  103d53'40E

A small island temple located in the middle of the last baray to be constructed by a Khmer king in the Angkor area (Preah Khan Baray or Jayatataka). The central temple sits at the axis of a cross or lotus pattern of eight pools. Originally known as Rajasri, Neak Pean took its modern appellation, which means ‘coiled serpents,’ from the encoiled nagas that encircled the temple. The temple is faced by a statue of the horse, Balaha, saving drowning sailors. Though originally dedicated to Buddha, Neak Pean contains several Hindu images. Neak Pean may have served an absolution function, and the waters were thought to have healing properties. During the dry season when the water is low, check out the animal and human headwater spouts at the outside center of each pool. Neak Pean is most photogenic in the wet season when the pools are full.



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