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Bayon Temple, Siem Reap

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Must see · World heritage site · Ruin · Tourist Spot
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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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  • At first this temple seems like rubble, then as you get closer you realize there are carved faces in the towers. The carving along the walls are in amazing condition considering this was built in... 
    At first this temple seems like rubble, then as you get closer you realize there are carved faces in the towers. The carving along the walls are in amazing condition considering this was built in...  more »
  • A must visit during your trip to Cambodia. Be sure to sure to to spend enough time at Bayon Temple as most people tend to visit most time at Angkor Wat. This temple is unique with lots of covered... 
    A must visit during your trip to Cambodia. Be sure to sure to to spend enough time at Bayon Temple as most people tend to visit most time at Angkor Wat. This temple is unique with lots of covered...  more »
  • Beautiful temple with great history, this temple historical is related with the Great King Jayavoraman VII who lead Khmer Empire become well known in that period. 
    Beautiful temple with great history, this temple historical is related with the Great King Jayavoraman VII who lead Khmer Empire become well known in that period.  more »
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  • Now it’s under maintenance since 2020 and not yet completed till today 10Aug22. Not able to see smile Angkor now. Better to arrange time to visit other places first.
  • Bayon temple is one of the world heritage and well achitecture. This temple was built in 8 century and 1000 + years. The temple is self is very large and beautiful ever and there is no two on the world. Myself and some of cycling team are always cycling passed this temple every morning. This is the best environment surrounded the jungle and very best weather ever . Highly recommended to visit it whenever you are here in Siem Reap
  • An Amazing place to visit, i been to this place so many time but never have enough of it, the top tower is now closed for restoration but the lower level still give you an amazing experience. Big thumbs up!!!
  • Quite small (compared to the others) but still very enjoyable! The faces were of course immense but the carvings in the walls were also very interesting. They also have a family of monkeys in the surrounding garden which was fun to see.
  • Lots of construction/conservation going on at the moment (with little/no health and safety). Otherwise, it was a great visit. It's interesting to see all of the faces. Unfortunately, the higher tier was off limits due to conservation.

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