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Bayon Temple, Siem Reap

Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 11,000+ reviews on the web
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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  • One of the biggest draws of Angkor Thom. An extremely evoking set of faces of Avalokiteshwara. To think that these faces have witnessed so much in the last millennium. 
  • 4 haeded structure - the most prominent feature of the temple created a mystical effect. Certainly very unique and different from Angkor Wat temple. The only thing that put us of is the rush. There we...  read more »
  • Rather enjoyed this temple, the stone carvings were so interesting and intricate, hard to believe this was all accomplished by hand! 
  • Very popular so hard to get quiet time here like you can at other temples. Regardless, incredibly beautiful and impressive.
  • Imagine: in the jungle. Surrounded of green arms. In front of you two elephants are slowly walking across a bridge. And you behind them enter the historic site. The trees are out the houses roof, and the walls are all violented from jungle. Wonderful place planty of magic.
  • Together with Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm is one of the most interesting temples in the Angkor Wat area. The giant Buddha heads give the temple an antique and unique aspect.
  • All Khmer roads lead to Bayon. That is true within the capital city of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom and at its heart is Bayon. The last temple to be built in Angkor before the fall of the Khmer empire, its distinctive characteristics is the four-sided stone faces adorning the towers. The feeling I get when I venture into the temple compound is like entering a maze city. It’s small and compact within, and the twist and turns do make you feel like Indiana Jones excavating your next adventure. Ascending to its summit, I found that Bayon seem compact, claustrophobic even. It doesn’t have the wide spaces such as Angkor Wat, and it’s also a smaller temple compared to its more famed brethren. But there are more hidden corners, unknown pathways, dark hallways that make the experience somewhat more thrilling. Almost as if you’re exploring a road less travelled.
  • The floor and the archaeology surrounding the Bayon Temple make it a must do when in Siem Reap. You can find some awesome pictures here. Make certain you bring beverages with you though, as there's not many places to conceal from the sweltering heat!
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