Neak Pean

Pretty, but can get busy

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What we say: 3 stars

This unusual temple was constructed by Jayavarman VII on an island in the centre of the Jayatataka, the baray built by the same king in front of Preah Khan Temple.

Situated just off the Grand Circuit between Preah Khan and East Mebon, Neak Pean consists of a central shrine in a pool, probably representing Mount Meru surrounded by the sacred Lake Anavatapta, with four small chapels at the corners of the pool. Being surrounded by a pond, Neak Pean looks a lot better during the rainy season, but being small it can also get quite crowded at busy times of the day.

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