7. Neak Pean
The temple is made up of a system of five interconnected water tanks. During the rainy season, the tanks are filled with water, so the temple’s surroundings are less accessible to visitors. You can reach the monument via a long wooden sidewalk that leads directly from the road. In the middle of the largest reservoir, there is a separate tower, the purpose of which is still unknown. There are four more tanks connected to the main pool with the tower, where the water flows through stone nozzles that are carved into the shape of an elephant’s head, a lion, a horse, and even a human. It’s not entirely clear what purpose the water in the tank served. The most popular theory says that the temple was built as an imitation of the sacred Himalayan Anavatapta Lake, which is believed to have healing effects. Other theories claim that it might have even been a kind of a Khmer spa.