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Bayon Temple, Siem Reap

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Built around the turn of the 13th century by Khmer emperor Jayavarman VII, Bayon Temple looms peaceful and crumbling over its surrounding grounds. The Mahayana Buddhist temple features 216 large, serenely smiling faces carved into its towers, which many believe represent Jayavarman himself. Within the temple, various galleries bear stone relief scenes of religious pilgrimages, battles, and everyday street life. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes to navigate the uneven ground of the maze-like temple complex. Before you head to Siem Reap, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Siem Reap itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Siem Reap has to offer, including Bayon Temple.
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  • If you managed to come to angkor wat, I recommend this is the first temple to visit. You have got to see it by yourself.  more »
  • I decided to visit the absolute it is anko - Le monuments in one. Can't look hauntingly friendly smiles are four-sided pagoda group without leaving the kanzeon bosatsu, feel the greatness and depth of compassion, respect the commercialism. But more thought than I saw on TV, where narrow feel. Also visit of the day was by the light and backlight, seem the Buddhist pagoda also.
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  • Bayon temple is the temple at the center pf angkor thom. The special part of bayon temple is smiling faces. There are 216 faces in that temple. One of the temple you must visit in angkor!  more »
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  • The Bayon is probably the most impressive site in the Angkor Thom complex. For photography the best time to be there is obviously 5 PM but that also happens to be the time when it is the most crowded due to the fact there is no shade at the site. During the day it is stifling hot. To beat the crowds, visit at 8 AM while the light is still great for some nice shots. For a more in-depth report go to my travel blog: megaworldasia dot com
  • I am also mesmerized with the beauty of Bayon Temples. These are scattered set of temples which have unique architectural designs each. This is my 2nd most favorite part of Angkor after Angkor Wat. Every spot is really worth the picture. I am also glad that there are paved walkways and stairs within the complex.
  • This is the central jewel of Angkor Thom, the capital of Jayavarman the seventh. It shows. The two outer galleries are filled with quasi 3D relief of battles at sea and in land, of scenes from day to day life and mythology. Take time to walk around and see the panels, at least at a glance. The top terrace puts you on level with the gigantic smiling faces for which Bayon is known for. It's a surreal and humbling experience to walk amongst them and imagine them in their full glory in the past.
  • Dating from the 12th century, Bayon Temple is the spectacular central temple of the ancient city of Angkor Thom. The complex is located just to the north of the famous Angkor Wat.
  • In Cambodia’s Angkor Thom, a Buddhist monk looks upon Bayon Temple—and possibly considers its secrets. This monk, who goes by the name of, "Annmon", quickly became a new friend. I can’t put into words how amazing his insights on life were. By the end of our conversation, I noticed my face starting to hurt because of how much I had been smiling.

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