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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  • Bayon Temple is a Buddhist temple in the Centre of Angkor Thom. Was originally a Hindu temple, a Buddhist temple from, it became glamorous. Angkor Thom: the big city is exactly Central. Meaning "beautiful towers" as the Bayon Temple Bayon, is a pagoda for the talismans. 3-tier structure has a pagoda is 34. Each pagoda has carved a large face image, different face, impressive. Are superb also otherwise relief sculpture. Sculpture shredded old Thailand and South Viet Nam war record that is the key. Similar to the Kyoto song Ms. (? ) And the face said, alongside Japanese here was taking photos here.
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  • 4 face is attached to the South Gate of Angkor Thom, but this is really great! And can be seen approaching. That's really the size of the force. To take pictures, then great! I think next time you want to look around more slowly.
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  • My spouse and I visited this site on one of the hottest day and it was well worth. The history that our guide provided us was incredible. If you visit make sure you get a guide to explain the intricac...  more »
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  • This temple is together with Angkor Watt the most popular attraction in the archaeological site of Angkor. The Bayon is so well-known because of his richly decorations in Khmer architectural style with ,for example, the 200 smiling faces and the more than 50 towers. The position is also unique since it's exactly in the middle of the city with direct access to the 4 main gates.
  • Bayon Temple or Angkor Thom temple is one great temple locate in Siem Reap where many other wonder temples in. This Temple has many for 4faces which designed very different shape and smile . It's my favorite one and I never miss to stop by there to visit every i travel there. Bayon has also a secret well where they believe if you drop floating things then it will appear in Baray lake.
  • This must be a five star place. I spent more than 20 hours here looking every piece and found every story. One day I had eight hours here and I did not eat anything except a bottle of water (no toilet in this eight hours.because it is too hot I am totally wet). It is not necessary to have a guider as if you stay long enough you will learn every story from guiders everywhere. In fact, you will notice that not every guider has the same story about the same piece. Some stories are not true so it is better that you have your own research. Read a book about Bayon before visiting otherwise you just need maybe 1-2 hours to see the site. Oh, the nearby toilet is not free and need 3 minutes walk to get there. There are more people in the morning so it is better to come after 11am. But after that time it is tooooooo hot. Please be aware of that and bring enough water with you to avoid bad luck. Enjoy.
  • A late twelfth century temple in the center of Angkor Thom, Bayon was originally built with 49towers and each one consists of 4 faces. Peoples believe that these faces belong to Buddha, god and faces of king Jayavarman VII, the founder of the temple, representing to the four Devine states of mind including Love, Compassion, Sympathy and equanimity.
  • Easily my favourite part of the entire temple area around Siem Reap. The carved faces are spectacular and it really is a magnificent temple - took my breath away. You cannot afford to miss this temple! If you're going to get up sunrise at Angkor Wat (hugely overrated) go straight here rather than in to Angkor Wat to get the place to yourself and just a few others. Gets far too busy once people come from Angkor Wat. And unless you're a vile monster, do NOT support the cruel, abusive practice of getting an elephant ride here.
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