Unique and considered to be one of the more captivating temples in Siem Reap, Bayon temple (ប្រាសាទបាយ័ន, Prasat Bayon) is still mesmerizing after all these years. Located at the heart of Angkor Thom, the temple is seated around 5000 ft away from the South Gate.
Bayon is the state temple of the legendary Cambodian King Jayavarman VII. It’s architectural wonder epitomizes the overall creative genius as well as the inflated ego of this renowned king. It was built sometime in the late 12th century, and is known as one of the iconic temples in the Kingdom of Wonder.
About the Bayon temple
According to history, the Bayon temple was built around a century after the famous Angkor Wat. However, the basic structure of the temple itself is not known. It is possible, however, that it would have been an temple-mountain, which is attributed to Mount Meru.
The main distinction that Bayon temple is known for are the multitude of smiling and seemingly serene stone faces. Even from a distance, these faces are easily spotted, even if one is simply standing from the grounds outside. It is also known for having two sets of bas-reliefs. This temple is often described as a rather breathtaking and striking expression of art in baroque style in terms of Khmer architecture.
Bayon: Quick facts
Here are some easy facts regarding Bayon temple that may be easier to digest:
- The temple is known to be oriented towards the east.
- The bas-reliefs in the temple depict historical events as well as scenes from daily life known to the Angkorian Khmer.
- The temple is known as the last state temple that was built at Angkor.
- There are 216 gigantic faces at the temple.
- The temple in Angkor Thom represents heaven and earth’s intersection.
- There are a total of 46 smaller towers that are located surrounding the Bayon temple. Each of these smaller towers also have the four faces.
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Bayon Temple fees
Many tourists tend to believe that there is a separate Bayon temple fee. However, this temple is included in the tourist pass that is provided tourists covered in the Angkor Wat Complex Entrance Fee.
Normally, exploring the temple can be covered in less than a day, but some may prefer to go back and explore even more the many bas-reliefs and the stories they tell.
Tip: Majority of visitors tend to take pictures of one of the faces touching noses with the guest. You might want to try that, too.
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