Neak Pean (Neak Pean) means "entangled giant snake". It is such a small temple, in the middle of the water, against the blue sky and white clouds, it is slim and beautiful, as beautiful as a pearl in the water. To The Longpan Pool was built in the 12th century and is a Buddhist temple. There is a small island in the center of the big pool. There is only a small temple with a stone tower imitating "Mount Xumi". The stone tower is carved with two winding giant snake kings (Naga). There is also a white horse statue on the east side of the island, and Neak Poan means "entangled giant snake", which is named after the giant snake king statue on the island.
The Nirvana Palace was built by King Jayavarman VII at the end of the 12th century. The original meaning was "the entanglement of two snakes". In ancient oriental myths, there is often no distinction between "dragon" and "snake", so Nirvana Palace is also called "Dragon Pan Pool". .
At Neak Pean, the major spectacle is the approach to the temple, rather than the temple itself. Crossing the wooden walkway through a wide, flooded landscape is a memorable experience. The light and reflections here emphasise the beauty of the natural Cambodian scenery all around. The actual temple is on an island, understated and enclosed by trees.
Neak Pean is a Buddhist temple-island complex constructed as an oasis of peace and reflection during the reign of Jayavarman II. Neak Pean stands on an artificial island surrounded by ponds. Some say that Neak Pean was constructed as part of a hospital or designed as a Khmer spa where people with illnesses come to bathe at the ponds to re-attain their natural balance with nature. The best time to visit Neak Pean is just after the rainy season, that is, October and November when the ponds are filled with water.
A unique island temple that is built on a man made lake. Don't be fooled by how small it is and venture out to see it anyway.
Secondary to the major sights but I like this one because of the reservoirs, nagas, and circular structure.