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“Peaceful Temple”
Review of Neak Pean

Neak Pean
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Ranked #59 of 191 things to do in Siem Reap
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

We went to this temple early in the morning, after seeing the sunrise at Angkor Wat. It is a peaceful place, not many tourists around. The temple is in an artificial lake. There is a wooden platform over the waters to go the temple. The temple itself is small. But the idea behind the temple location and its surrounding artificial lake is amazing, some one has thought about this about 800 years ago!!!!. The approach to the temple is an awesome sight.
See the photos attached. After visiting the temple we had a lovely breakfast in one the small restaurant opposite to the temple. We could get nice baguette with omelette and fried noodle. We were pleasantly surprised.

Thank Singapore_Scott
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

If you have limited time, know that the view out here is also limited so I don't recommend it. The temple area is fenced off. You can only see some of the pools from a distance. But the walkway was beautiful.

Thank Katja S
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

We were quite surprised when arriving at this place. You must walk over a wodden gangway through a water-tree-swamp, but it is very interesting. Also the monument is not occupied by visitors, since it is completely surrounded by water. A very nice photo shooting object.
It's part of Angkors parc, so included in the Angkor Pass.

Thank Peter K
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

For us this was temple number two- this temple is small in comparison to the others you will see but still has interest because it is different from the rest.The build is based on the belief of the 5 pools in the Himalayas which are in the heavens. You cannot walk through the temple ruins as at others but see the ruins from a small distance. The actual walk to this temple is very interesting, a sandy path with water either side- which has sunken trees - the clearest of crystal waters and the area gave me a feeling of The Hollow Men poem.. a wasteland. Also along the pathway you hear the musicians firstly and then come across them- they are landmine victims who play instruments on a pontoon,they use the one arm or the one leg etc I did notice that Cambodia has little in the way of sophisticated prosthetics and feel strongly that for a country which has so many- and continues to have so may more -landmine victims, we should be doing more to help.

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Reviewed 2 December 2013

One of the 100 temples built by the king who built Bayon, Neak Pean is an example of the 'hospital' temples that were the reason this king was so beloved by his people. Temple authorities have recently taken it on themselves to flood the surrounds to make this once again an island temple, creating a somewhat eerie atmosphere with all the dying trees. The temple itself is very small and most areas are roped off, but the healing pools are visible. Best viewed in the wet season where all four pools are filled, but you can see more of the detail in the dry. Be aware that the walkways are narrow and can get fairly crowded.

Thank Davina F
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