Cambodia | Siem Reap

Bayon Angkor

Southeast Asia Tour 2015

Siem Reap | Cambodia

25 Nov 2015 | Wed

Day 07 of 46

  • Angkor Wat Sunrise
  • Angkor Wat
  • Bayon Angkor
  • Baphuon Angkor
  • Phimeanakas Angkor
  • Terrace Leper King Angkor
  • Ta Keo Angkor
  • Ta Prohm Angkor

Bayon Angkor

The Bayon Angkor is a 12th century archaeological site located in Cambodia. It is known for its many stone carvings and intricate architecture. This magnificent structure stands as a testament to the power of the Khmer Empire, once the most powerful in Southeast Asia.

Bayon Angkor

Built by King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon Angkor was constructed atop an existing temple from the ninth century. The temple’s walls are decorated with over 200 unique faces carved into them, believed to represent either King Jayavarman VII himself or Avalokiteshvara, a celestial bodhisattva. In addition to this impressive feature, there are also large towers filled with bas-reliefs depicting scenes from daily life during that time period.

Bayon Angkor

The Bayon (Khmer: ប្រាសាទបាយ័ន, Prasat Bayoăn [praːsaːt baːjŏən]) is a richly decorated Khmer temple related to Buddhism at Angkor in Cambodia. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the state temple of the King Jayavarman VII (Khmer: ព្រះបាទជ័យវរ្ម័នទី ៧), the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman’s capital, Angkor Thom (Khmer: អង្គរធំ).

The Bayon’s most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and smiling stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak. The main conservatory body, the Japanese Government Team for the Safeguarding of Angkor (the JSA) has described the temple as “the most striking expression of the baroque style” of Khmer architecture, as contrasted with the classical style of Angkor Wat (Khmer: ប្រាសាទអង្គរវត្ត).

– Wikipedia Bayon Angkor

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