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“General Hospital”
Review of Neak Pean

Neak Pean
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Half-Day Preah Khan and Neak Pean Temples from Siem Reap
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Full Day Preah Khan and Neak Pean Temples Tour
Ranked #40 of 181 things to do in Siem Reap
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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.

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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.

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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.

1  Thank LosBound2014
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

When the water is raised, as it is during the busiest tourist time, all you can do is stare out at what looks to be a pretty interesting area. If you want to go (because you may pass it when going lots of other places) you need only prepare to spend 15minutes, and 10 of that will be your walk there and back. That being said, if you know what to expect, it's relaxing to stroll along the platform, surrounded by water, trees, and the soft hum of wildlife.

Thank Amanda W
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Reviewed January 17, 2012

You can see Neak Pean at the end of a walk over a moat to the temple 'island' but you can get into the temple or outskirts and the restoration project going on inside looks like a long-term one. Only worth the stop if you have plenty of time (at the moment at least).

Thank Monkey-and-Sprite
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