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. Using our international travel planner, Siem Reap attractions like Bayon Temple can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Very interesting to learn about the Khmer culture and to see their fantastic skills they Applied a thousand years ago.  more »
  • Go necessarily and guided. One of the most important of the temples of the Khmer Kingdom. Carved stones, huge human faces. Dress up an outfit that turns off his knees and shoulders. Here, too, watching the sunset is very beautiful
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  • Of all the temple sites we visited (3) we enjoyed this the most. We found it alot more interesting and different than the others.  more »
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  • This temple is characterized by its four smiling faces which adorn most of the site. If you climb the small stairs you will come up to a small statue inside a small room. The door likes stones that covers the enterance of some rooms is decorated with interesting engraving.
  • Stunning temple with a remarkable outer bas reliefs. Worth starting in the South East corner and moving clockwise to read the pictorial story.
  • One of my favorite temple. Known for its smiling Buddha and its intricate details and carvings. Best viewed in the early mornings or late afternoon. Just stunning.
  • Almost destroyed or fall, remaining speaks ruin's of historia, the person who built this one is really a guy who converted his fantasy to realistic. Really superb amazing. Must visit at least once.
  • You can feel the peaceful and merciful when you come to Bayon Temple, There're a lot of smiling face sculptures in everywhere. I love this place very much.

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