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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  • The beautiful buddies temple in Cambodia So many faces of carving I love this temple. You must go early 7am nobody there very beautiful for photos.  more »
  • Very beautiful temple in Cambodia and very interested in the morning cause it is very cool and Alot of forest .  more »
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  • Bayon is a temple not to be missed! Built in the 12th century a hundred years after Angkor, it was a Buddhist temple from the beginning. Although much smaller than Angkor it is jam packed with mind blowing bas relief totalling over 11,000 images. Make sure to check out the interior on the lower levels.. the architecture is amazing ❤️
  • Beautiful temple filled with carved faces. Large complex that you need around an hour to enjoy fully. Lots of lovely spots for pictures and a lovely little shrine at the top for a bit of a quiet reflection. Certainly worth combining this temple with other sights of Angkor Thom, including the elephant terraces.
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