Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Bayon Siem Reap Reviews
There can only be 1 Bayon Apr 23, 2015
I find Bayon interesting and different than any other temples that I have ever seen due to the many stone faces of Buddha that were built here. This I find, makes this temple stands out.
Built in typical Khmer style during the 12th century by Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII, this temple was once used as the official state temple. Located at the heart of Angkor Thom which was the centre of King Jayavarman’s capital and spanning over an area of 9 km2, this makes the temple site (actually) bigger than Angkor Wat. The reason I specify here Buddhist King is because Cambodia temples are built as a show of dedication to the different gods which the King (who ordered the construction) believes in. So the temples built are either Buddhist or Hindu temples as this are the 2 religions that the Kings usually believed in. Unlike most temples that either has a moat or walls built surrounding the temple, this temple was built in an “open” concept, oriented to the east with galleried enclosures and upper terrace, it therefore does not impress a visitor of its grand scale although it is actually quite big. In total, there are 216 gigantic stone faces built on this temple grounds.
Besides that, the temple is also famous for 2 impressive sets of bas-reliefs. It is therefore not surprising that when we arrived, this place was packed with tourists.
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