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“Water with Healing Powers” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Neak Pean

Neak Pean
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Ranked #37 of 78 Attractions in Siem Reap
Type: Ancient Ruins, Outdoors
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Olongapo, Philippines
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“Water with Healing Powers”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Do not underestimate this humble artificial island temple. History tells of its medicinal significance; King Jayavarman built it to serve as a hospital. It is said to depict the mythical lake whose waters have healing powers. The pools represent the important balancing elements of nature – water, earth, wind and fire. That should you bathe in these pools, the elements within your body would be balanced, thus curing any disease. The cave-like structure at the center is the main water source.

Unfortunately, when we got there, it was fenced thus preventing access from tourists. Probably it’s undergoing some restoration. Anyway, it was so hot and dry when it’s supposed to be raining a bit in July.

Visited July 2012
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“different than others”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

this was a different option. usually included in the big tours. it small -maybe a 5- 10 mn visit. but the walkaway is interesting.

Visited July 2012
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“General Hospital”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

The place was like a general hospital that treat the ill peoples during the Khmer Empire. It has for direction of place to treat the ill according to the type of the illness. The direction or the site is just like a cross.

Visited July 2011
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“The Watertower Temple”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

I agree with the previous reviews that the structure itself is not particularly memorable, but the walk was wonderful. Kudos to the government for the construction of a lovely boardwalk. My friend and I had such a peaceful walk with birds chirping, frogs croaking, and a light wind blowing. The tall trees that surround the walkway give enough shade to make the walk comfortable even during the hottest season of the year. I would go back just to take that walk again.

Visited April 2012
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“Not a Temple as such, this was an Ancient Hospital”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

The value of going with a professional guide really paid off at Neak Pean, as he explained that this structure was not a temple at all, but rather a place of healing, or in the current vernacular, a hospital. It was one of many hospitals built by Jayavarman VII, and has four pools that represent the 4 elements that must be kept in balance: Earth, Fire, Water and Wind. By going into each pool, the patient would balance those 4 elements. Priests could also prescribe holy water taken and purified from the pools.

The whole process as explained by our guide from Derleng Tours was very complex, and I could see others visiting the area thinking that they were visiting a very small temple that did not look all that impressive. However, once the purpose of the site is understood, then it truly does become fascinating.

Visited February 2012
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