Neak Pean405 Votes
- Address: Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids, Lake
Neak Pean at Angkor, Cambodia is a fake island with a Buddhist sanctuary on a roundabout island in Preah Khan Baray fabricated amid the rule of King Jayavarman VII. It is the "Mebon" of the Preah Khan baray and is based on the Hindu belief of Balance. A few students of history believe that Neak Pean speaks to Anavatapta, a legendary lake in the Himalayas whose waters are thought to cure all ailments. The name is gotten from the models of snakes circling the sanctuary's base structure, neak being the Khmer rendering of the Sanskrit naga. They are Nanda and Upananda, two Nagas customarily connected with Lake Anavatapta. You cannot go inside the temple as it is all fenced but the place is worth a visit.
Highlights and must see includes:
- Four pools representing Earth, water, fire and Air.
- Four pavilions of four animal heads namely lion, elephant, bull and horse.
- Statue of Horse Balaha
- Beautiful landscape
- Beautiful wooden aisle with water on both the sides.
Neak Pean Travel Tips
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Carry water bottles.
Neak Pean Hours
- Please enquire about timings before your visit.
- The recommended time for visit is 9am - 11pm.
How to Reach Neak Pean
- Hire a tuk tuk.
- Ask a local.
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15.64% of people who visit Siem Reap include Neak Pean in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
90% of people start their Neak Pean visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Neak Pean
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Neak Pean
Neak Pean Reviews & Ratings
Unique artificial island with a temple on the center. This temple is a quiet place but the views are amazing. The water reflection is so nice when it’s sunny. You can also imagine the past of how to built this amazing temple. A must visit place in rainy season.
After walking on the long bridge, you will find this peaceful temple and get to know why this temple is for healing purposes in the ancient time.
All water is currently gone. I haven't asked anyone what happened. It's very peaceful and usually less crowded than other spots.
Getting to the island is a wonderful experiencev over a low wooden bridge. The island itself didn't feel so special.
This temple is a delicate highlight of Khmer art. Built by Jayavarman VII, this temple is the perfect representation of the heavens on earth. It has been said that this monument was consecrated to Buddha who attained Nirvana, and the ornamental lakes surrounding it were meant as places where pilgrims could wash and purify themselves before reaching perfection. In the centre of these ornamental lakes there is a small temple surrounded by two nagas.