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Neak Pean and Pre Rup Temples in cambodia

Still on the same day, two more temples were scheduled. First, over to Neak Pean, again 12th century, built by Jayavarman VII. The central temple sat at an axis of a lotus pattern of eight pools and resembled a coiled serpent. (Enclosed "Nagas" -- snakes -- encircled the temple.) My highlight was the statue of a horse facing the temple saving drowning sailors. Neak Pean also served as a hospital at that time and the waters were thought to have healing properties.
The spouts in each of the four pool faced east, west, north and south and were really interesting as well as photogenic, especially the elephant spout. During the wet season, water runs out the spouts into the surrounding pools.

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