A breathtaking ode to Buddah by the ancients people of Cambodia.
Bayon Temple is found after you pass through the South Gate Entrance, where there is a short drive along the cool forest that canopies both sides with its unspoiled beauty.
Depending on what time of the day, you may see some monkeys at the side of the road – which provides an entertaining sight.
The first place you will likely come across is Bayon Temple with a haunting beauty that captures the imagination. It was dedicated to Buddha and built by Jayavarman VII, who was the ruling Khmer king in the in the 12th century and attributed to constructing many of the temples.
There are 54 towers within the temple and contains 216 large, high relief Buddha faces carved upon the top that has become a classic image in Khmer culture, which spans back over a thousand years through the pages of history.
Bayon Temple is made from sand stone, which is believed to have been mined 50 km (30 miles) away.
It is thought rafts were used to haul the massive stones down the river to their destination at Angkor Thom Archaeology Park. On arrival, elephants would pull the stones from the rafts then drag them to the site of the temple for construction.
You will see small holes in many of the bricks, where the ropes were secured and this was done so that the elephants could pull the heavy weight along.
Bayon Temple is a very large temple, packed with high relief carvings and you could spend hours just wandering around.
Both Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm Temple were used in the movie Lara Croft – Tomb Raider and was held as a beautiful backdrop for the unfolding movie plot.
TIP: This is truly an amazing place to visit and made it to our article The 10 Best Temples in Siem Reap.
Bayon Temple is a big place with little shade, so make sure you take plenty of water and sunscreen – also in the wet season it is best to also include an umbrella and a raincoat.
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