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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  • Loved being up close with these extraordinary statues. The color, age, and ruggedness makes you feel history. Can't describe the feeling of walking in between each unique piece and the stories that they tell.
  • My favorite temple of all. Very impressive to see those faces on each side of the temple towers. Depending on where you stand and what direction you look at you can align the faces with your nose tip. Late afternoon you can shoot some amazing pictures due to a special sun reflection on the temple. Do not skip the visit of this temple, its the must seen on your list.
  • On our 2nd full day tour here visiting Siem Reap, Cambodia we visited Angkor Wat (Angkor = City) (Wat = Buddhist Pagoda) then Angkor Thom (Thom = Big. So Angkor Thom is Big City. 3 km x 3 km versus the 1km x 1 km size of Angkor Wat according to our local pro tour guide) Bayon Temple is here inside of Angkor Thom. It's soooo beautiful, with the massive "smiling" stone faces, so ancient and wonderful and impressive to have lasted so long. WOW DEFINITELY A MUST SEE when visiting Cambodia! Enjoy!!
  • 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.
  • One of my favorite temples worldwide.. features unique artistic expression
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