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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  • Belongs to the city of gods and one of the most exiting. If you plan a visit in this city, this one is a must beside the “Angkor Wat” and the “Thohm”. My recommendation is to visit all three.  more »
  • This temple was extensive and had a large area that we drove into and walked and drove through it and also saw the elephant wall and a huge lake that one of these emperors had made for his women which...  more »
  • What? You traveled all the way to Siem Reap, Cambodia and you didn't go? What's wrong with you? Clearly one of the wonders or the world.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • At Cambodia’s Angkor Thom, my path crossed that of Annmon, a Buddhist monk who can be seen in the accompanying photo below gazing upon Bayon Temple—perhaps considering its secrets. He quickly became a new friend. Words fail to adequately capture the profound and poignant quality emanating from the insights on life he shared with me. By the end of our conversation, I noticed my face starting to hurt because of how much I was smiling.
  • Another of the must-see temples, this is famous for the multitude of face carvings that adorn the top of the towers. It can get extremely crowded among the narrow paths and steep steps, so watch your footing especially after a downpour. There are a number of photo opportunities, including posing as if to kiss a face, but expect to wait as half the crowd seems to want to do the same thing.

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