Bayon Temple

Attraction Bayon Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
05:00 AM - 05:00 PM
06:00 AM
07:30 AM
First-time visit
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Cultural
Historic
Must see
Temple & Monument
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Bayon is a richly decorated Khmer temple built in the late twelfth century or early thirteenth century.

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Why Bayon Temple is special ?



Bayon is known for its huge stone faces of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, with one facing outward and keeping watch at each compass point. The curious smiling image, thought by many to be a portrait of Jayavarman himself, has been dubbed by some the "Mona Lisa of Southeast Asia." There are 51 smaller towers surrounding Bayon, each with four faces of its own.

Bayon Temple is surrounded by two long walls bearing an extraordinary collection of bas-relief scenes of legendary and historical events. In all, there are are total of more than 11,000 carved figures over 1.2km of wall. They were probably originally painted and gilded, but this has long since faded.



What to explore at Bayon Temple?

Bayon has some 50 towers, with four huge carved faces on most of them. Each of the four faces are four metres high and oriented toward the four points of the compass. The faces all have the same strange smile and closed eyes, creating a mysterious and serene countenance, representing an all-knowing state of inner peace, and perhaps a state of Nirvana.

How to get to Bayon Temple?

It's located at the central of Angkor Thom so it's easy for you to get in.

Selling points

  • Really beautiful and unique temple with happy faces
  • A must see!!!
  • Fascinating and picturesque temple
  • It is very peaceful in the morning time
  • Classic Photos of Cambodia
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
457.90 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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  • There are lots of monkeys outside
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  • If you want to skip the crowd, early morning or afternoon are the best time to visit.
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  • It's better to taking an English speaking tour guide with you to understand more about the history of this temple.
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  • For those who have limited time, enter the Bayon at the east, turn left at the first gallery and follow the arrow marked on the plan.
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Prasat Bayon, with the famous Khmer Smile.

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Bayon temple of Angkor Thom, enjoy the enigmatic towers surmounted by faces. Their smile is mystic as is the whole place

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For me the best temple and must visit site. Arm your feet with comfy pair if shoes and at least 100SPF.

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Кхмеры в 10 веке построили самый большой храмовый комплекс в мире, а они гордятся, что фильм Лара Крофт снимали здесь. :(

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A little less well known than it's famous cousin Angkor but well worth the visit. On scale it is much bigger and shows the development of the architecture of the nearby temples.

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We were lucky to have a great guide Mr San who had a wealth of knowledge. This is the 'faces' temple and there were many. Just breathtaking.

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Make sure you stop and take an Eskimo kiss picture with one of the faces. Shorter visit here than many of the other temples but wouldn't miss this one.

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The awesomeness that is Bayon. Such detail and size made this the most impressive temple that we saw while in Siem Reap. All the faces carved following you as you walk through the ruins leaves you in amazement of what the folks achieved so many years ago. Great photo opportunities exist here even with the multitudes of tourists clambering over every inch of the structure. Even if this is not your favourite, its close proximity to so many other temples make it a must see while your here. Access is fairly good for this temple, if you not into climbing steep stairs and walking for miles this one should still be okay to tackle.

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The awesomeness that is Bayon. Such detail and size made this the most impressive temple that we saw while in Siem Reap. All the faces carved following you as you walk through the ruins leaves you in amazement of what the folks achieved so many years ago. Great photo opportunities exist here even with the multitudes of tourists clambering over every inch of the structure. Even if this is not your favourite, its close proximity to so many other temples make it a must see while your here. Access is fairly good for this temple, if you not into climbing steep stairs and walking for miles this one should still be okay to tackle.

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Bayon temple of Angkor Thom, enjoy the enigmatic towers surmounted by faces. Their smile is mystic as is the whole place

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