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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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  • Probably one of my favourite temples in Siem Reap, was very lucky to go when it was quieter than usual. 
    Probably one of my favourite temples in Siem Reap, was very lucky to go when it was quieter than usual.  more »
  • We visited here as part if our sunrise Angkor Wat tour and it didn't disappoint. The serenely smiling faces were originally carved on 54 stone towers (representing the original 54 states of... 
    We visited here as part if our sunrise Angkor Wat tour and it didn't disappoint. The serenely smiling faces were originally carved on 54 stone towers (representing the original 54 states of...  more »
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  • Pictures just could never do this temple justice. There is something about the depth of the towers that you can't capture on a camera. I recommend going with a guide to hear some interesting facts and stories about the temple. Otherwise some details would be lost on the casual viewer.
  • What a wonderful temple ancient people had ever built there. No matter how many times you have been there you will always feel amazed by the views the temple provides you.

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