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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. Using our international travel planner, Siem Reap attractions like Bayon Temple can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It was a memorable time in Siem Riep, Cambodia where I met so many nice people from there and elsewhere! The temples were magical and the holy at the same time... my visit was in 2017 so I only have.....  more »
  • I love this temple very much. Overall, I liked Combodia very much. I was feeling that I am staying in Hindu country. People are good & respects Indians  more »
  • Very good place for morning trip. Do not forget see some monkeys there. Tuk Tuk can wait in front of the temple  more »
  • The temple was erected in the center of Angkor Thom, in the form of a high, stone, three-level structure similar in shape to a pyramid. Has numerous towers. The temple is made of blocks matched to each other without mortar. It is modeled on Hindu architecture. The whole establishment has a very rich relief sculptural decoration, including figural. Large sculptures of human faces were placed on the towers. It has not yet been explained who these slightly smiling faces were supposed to portray.
  • Just to imagine what this place must have been like in its glorious days was an amazing feeling. All that is left is rumbles. But excellent efforts are being done by China and India ( in other temples) to restore what may be possible. Definitely worth visiting.
  • An amazing architectural achievement. The amount of detailing, reliefs and structural intrigue that remains is impressive. There are plenty of corridors and corners to investigate. It's very photogenic also. They were still renovating it on our visit so there's still plenty to see in the future. Must see at Angkor Wat
  • The most beautiful and complex stone building of Angkor Thom temple. For me Bayon temple is the second temple that you must visit in Siem Reap after Angkor Wat. It is local in small circle area about 2-3km from Angkor Wat I like the big 4 fact stone which is great for taking a photo. It is so complex in side I can't explain all those details but it wonderful
  • Absolutely brilliant - I did the 1 day pass to visit about 8 of the temples in the area and this was by far one of the best ones. This temple has 54 Gothic towers which are decorated with 216 gargantuan smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara. When you’re here you don’t quite believe it, but it’s just incredible, reminds you of the Lara Croft movies. Some temples here are actually from the movie.

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