A small temple, part of the Angkor Archaeological site. The temple is on an artificial island in the middle of a large artificial lake and associated with Preah Kahn. The name Neak Poan means The entwined serpents from the sculptures of serpents running around the base of the temple.
It is thought that the temple represents Anavatapta, a mythical lake in the Himalayas whose waters are believed to cure all illnesses.
The temple was built as a medical centre based around the Hindu belief of “balance”. The temple is based around four pools representing Water, Earth, Fire and Wind. From Wikipedia the ancients believed that going into these pools would balance the elements in the bather, thus curing disease.
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