Neak Pean

Choeun says there is one more temple we should see – he even promises it will be very different from all those we have seen before. While it seems hard to believe there could be still another distinct permutation of ancient Khmer design, we of course agree to visit this one last temple.And how right Choeun is!

Neak Pean is a small 12th century monument set in the midst of a set of neatly framed square ponds.

The highest level consists of a single large square pond with a tower and other sculpture floating in its center.

Four more ponds are set at a lower level on each side of the large upper pond. Four small grottos with dramatic fountains connect these smaller ponds to the larger upper basin. It is cool and dark inside.

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