Bayon stands in the centre of the ancient walled city of Angkor Thom. Bayon was my favourite temple on my first trip to Cambodia back in 2016, and remained a firm favourite on this recent trip too! Here’s a peak around it!
Bayon Temple | ប្រាសាទបាយ័ន
The temple was built in the late 12, early 13th century, as the same time as the rest of King Jayavarman’s capital, Angkor Thom. It was the last state temple to be built at Angkor and is the only one dedicated to buddha, who’s face you see carved all over the temple. Seriously, everywhere you look there are faces staring back at you!
There are estimated to be over 200 faces carved into the towers of Bayon mountain and its hard to not go dizzy trying to count them. Y’all it’s really easy to get lost here (as I found out when I misplaced my mother ha!). The exact number of faces is unknown as some of the faces are only partially preserved, and some of the towers are no longer standing.
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For more on Cambodia:
- Photo Journal: Angkor Wat
- How to Spend 3 days exploring the temples of Angkor
- Beyond Angkor: The Oldest temples in Siem Reap