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Temple of Bayon

Travel Guide Asia Cambodia Siem Reap Angkor Temple of Bayon

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The Temple of Bayon is one of the must see temples in Angkor. The Temple of Bayon was built in the late 12th century by Jayavarman VII. The distinguishing point of this temple are the four large faces carved at the top of the temple. These four faces look out from the temple on the four cardinal points, north, south, east and west.

Along with the 37 towers holding up the four large carved faces, on the main floor of Bayon there are bas-reliefs, pictures carved in the walls, depecting historical events. For example, on the south facing wall there is a bas-relief depicting an epic sea battle between the Khmer and the Cham. There are countless other bas-reliefs depecting events from cock fighting to chess matches that provide glimpses into life during the peak of the Khmer civilization.

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