Built by King Jayavarman VII before the end of the 12th century, Neak Poan is an artificial island, measuring 350 meters on each side, built in the middle of a manmade reservoir. Neak Poan refers to the two serpents (nagas) encircling the base of the central sanctuary. An inscription notes that it is "a sacred island, drawing its charm from its ponds and clearing away the sins of those who approach it". The island temple is encircled by a central 72m x 72m pool that drains into four 24m x 24m ponds, laid out in a cruciform design, via a system of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic fountains. The best time to visit this temple is during the rainy season when they are filled with water. (Rick Green photo | View slideshow)
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