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Khmer Temple, located within Angkor Thom May 28, 2012
Build in the late 12th century or the early 13th century, this Khmer Temple was the state temple for King Jayavarman VII. After his death, several alterations have been made to the place.

The temple is located in the center of the Angkor Thom site and can be reached from all 4 entry gates.

What was most intrigueing to me about this place were the number of faces and statues, as well as the stone carvings. Most of the faces are led to believe to be of the King himself. The details of the faces, statues and the carvings in the stones were amazing.

To explore the entire site, you would need at least half a day, perhaps longer. It was not as crowded as I thought it would be, but we were there in the morning. I don't know how crowded it could get (if at all) in a later moment of the day. Do mind your steps on some of the stairs and paths.

Inside, there was a group of locals who were portraying dancers from that area. For a price (I can't remember how much), they will perform and you can have their picture taken.
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Vipin Vipin
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Faces Mar 23, 2010
After the great Angkor Wat, Bayon has to be amongst the most famous of temples in the Angkor Wat complex. Everyone instantly recognises this temple, as there are over 200 faces which are dotted around this temple. It really does feel a tad spooky but intriguing too as the faces seem to have this smirk on them! Considering that some of the faces have a similarity with what King Jayavarman II would have looked like, and the fact that this temple was situated right in the middle of the city, its probably likely that the temple was an important political tool just as it was a spiritual and social one. I really enjoyed wandering around this temple to marvel at the various faces, and think that if you can, it’s good to visit this one around sunrise or sunset as the changing light levels of the faces certainly adds to the dramatic effect of the temple.
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