Bayon – the temple of 216 faces at Angkor, Cambodia

united_kingdomThe Bayon temple in Cambodia was the first Angkor temple that we visited in our Siem Reap trip. It became fast one of my favorite Angkor Temples (along with Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei).

From distance, Bayon looks like a disorganized pile of stones, but when coming closer you start seeing the massive, smiling faces on all the 54 towers of the temple. It’s impressive!

It’s thought that Bayon was built by king Jayavarman VII in 12th-13th century and the faces are representations of him.

romania_flagTemplul Bayon din Cambodia a fost primul pe care l-am vizitat in vacanta de 5 zile din Siem Reap. A devenit unul din templele mele preferate de la Angkor (ca si Ta Prohm si Banteay Srei).

Vazut de la distanta, templul Bayion pare o dezordine de pietre, dar cu cat te apropii vezi capete uriase ce zambesc, asezate pe cele 54 turnuri ale templului. 

 Se presupune ca templul Bayon a fost construit in timpul regelui Jayavarman al VII-lea in secolul 12-13, iar figurile il reprezinta.

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4 thoughts on “Bayon – the temple of 216 faces at Angkor, Cambodia

  1. Bayon is my favorite temple in Cambodia by far. I went there by bicycle early in the morning and there were only a few other visitors at the temple, creating an eerie yet peaceful ambiance.

    1. I guess early morning is best for visiting temples, as there are fewer tourists thanduring day. How nice that you went by bike 🙂 I wasn’t that adventurous, we had a private car that took us around 🙂

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