The Bayon (Khmer: ប្រាសាទបាយ័ន, Prasat Bayon) is a richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII (Khmer: ព្រះបាទជ័យវរ្ម័នទី ៧), the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman's capital, Angkor Thom (Khmer: អង្គរធំ). Following Jayavarman's death, it was modified and augmented by later Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance with their own religious preferences.
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Bayon Temple is my favourite temple in Siem Reap. There is amazing feeling there as you walk amoungst the ruins. It's magical! If you only get to one temple, make sure Bayon is the one, you won't be disaapointed.
On our 2nd full day tour here visiting Siem Reap, Cambodia we visited Angkor Wat (Angkor = City) (Wat = Buddhist Pagoda) then Angkor Thom (Thom = Big. So Angkor Thom is Big City. 3 km x 3 km versus the 1km x 1 km size of Angkor Wat according to our local pro tour guide) Bayon Temple is here inside of Angkor Thom. It's soooo beautiful, with the massive "smiling" stone faces, so ancient and wonderful and impressive to have lasted so long. WOW DEFINITELY A MUST SEE when visiting Cambodia! Enjoy!!
Loved being up close with these extraordinary statues. The color, age, and ruggedness makes you feel history. Can't describe the feeling of walking in between each unique piece and the stories that they tell.
one of the great magnificent charming ancient temple, the stunning bas-reliefs is so impressive and provide so many historical related information. just walk slowly and try to understand the informative that ancient ancestor people try to communicate with us within the long huge wall panel crafting galleries masterpiece.
Eroded but beautiful. Overrun by tourists. Great Bas reliefs. 13th century, that was actually built as a Buddhist site and not a Hindu conversion job. Lotsa giant Buddha faces everywhere. Great on a full moon if they still do those here.
This temple is together with Angkor Watt the most popular attraction in the archaeological site of Angkor. The Bayon is so well-known because of his richly decorations in Khmer architectural style with ,for example, the 200 smiling faces and the more than 50 towers. The position is also unique since it's exactly in the middle of the city with direct access to the 4 main gates.
My favorite temple of all. Very impressive to see those faces on each side of the temple towers. Depending on where you stand and what direction you look at you can align the faces with your nose tip. Late afternoon you can shoot some amazing pictures due to a special sun reflection on the temple. Do not skip the visit of this temple, its the must seen on your list.
Another of the must-see temples, this is famous for the multitude of face carvings that adorn the top of the towers. It can get extremely crowded among the narrow paths and steep steps, so watch your footing especially after a downpour. There are a number of photo opportunities, including posing as if to kiss a face, but expect to wait as half the crowd seems to want to do the same thing.
At Cambodia’s Angkor Thom, my path crossed that of Annmon, a Buddhist monk who can be seen in the accompanying photo below gazing upon Bayon Temple—perhaps considering its secrets. He quickly became a new friend. Words fail to adequately capture the profound and poignant quality emanating from the insights on life he shared with me. By the end of our conversation, I noticed my face starting to hurt because of how much I was smiling.
Easily my favourite part of the entire temple area around Siem Reap. The carved faces are spectacular and it really is a magnificent temple - took my breath away. You cannot afford to miss this temple! If you're going to get up sunrise at Angkor Wat (hugely overrated) go straight here rather than in to Angkor Wat to get the place to yourself and just a few others. Gets far too busy once people come from Angkor Wat. And unless you're a vile monster, do NOT support the cruel, abusive practice of getting an elephant ride here.
This must be a five star place. I spent more than 20 hours here looking every piece and found every story. One day I had eight hours here and I did not eat anything except a bottle of water （no toilet in this eight hours.because it is too hot I am totally wet）. It is not necessary to have a guider as if you stay long enough you will learn every story from guiders everywhere. In fact, you will notice that not every guider has the same story about the same piece. Some stories are not true so it is better that you have your own research. Read a book about Bayon before visiting otherwise you just need maybe 1-2 hours to see the site. Oh, the nearby toilet is not free and need 3 minutes walk to get there. There are more people in the morning so it is better to come after 11am. But after that time it is tooooooo hot. Please be aware of that and bring enough water with you to avoid bad luck. Enjoy.
Bayon Temple or Angkor Thom temple is one great temple locate in Siem Reap where many other wonder temples in. This Temple has many for 4faces which designed very different shape and smile . It's my favorite one and I never miss to stop by there to visit every i travel there. Bayon has also a secret well where they believe if you drop floating things then it will appear in Baray lake.