Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Temple Chronicles: Neak Pean

Me: Oh my, are we going to walk again?
DB: Of course, Polla can't go inside.
Me: But I can't even see the end of it.
DB: Do you want to go back to our tuktuk? I'll go ahead alone.
Me: No, I'm going with you.

Don't get me wrong here, I'm used to long walks, believe me. It just so happen that we were up so early to catch our Siem Reap flight from Kuala Lumpur that morning and I was already hungry so exhaustion somehow caught the best of me. But I wouldn't miss seeing the temple up close, what's another  few callouses on the feet right?

The most unconventional temple in Siem Reap, Neak Pean is a unique island-temple in the middle of the Jayatataka or Northern Baray which is at the same time surrounded by 4 smaller square ponds.The artificial island consists of a set of circular steps above which the shrine dedicated to Avalokiteshvara rests. Originally, Neak Pean could only be reached by boat. Two Nagas or serpents encircle the base of the island, giving the temple its actual name, which means "coiled serpents".

The highlight of Neak Pean includes the three-dimensional horse sculpture in the main
pond swimming towards East.

One of the smaller square ponds

Rest period turned photo shoot.

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