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Siem Reap Bayon
Location: inside Angkor Thom / Central Angkor Area
Price: Included in Temple Pass
Opening hours: daily, 05:00 - 18:00
Best time to visit: Anytime
Total visiting time: 2 hours
The Bayon Temple is located in the center of Angkor Thom, in the Central Angkor Area 1.5 km from the South as well as the North Gate. If you enter Angkor Thom from the direction of Siem Reap, Cambodia through the South gate you can not miss it. The road makes a complete circuit around the temple.
(The faces at the Bayon Temple)
Date: End of 12th century, Reign: Jayavarman VII, Religion: Buddhist
Bayon is located at the centre of Angkor Thom, the last city of Angkor and perhaps a microcosm of the kingdom with representations of all major divinities – Buddhist to the south and east, and Hindu to the north and west. 200 large faces adorn the 54 towers signifying the omnipresence of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, the kingdom’s principal divinity.
(Carvings on the side of the temple)
There are indications that the temple was built in stages with much architectural indecision. Best time for a visit of Bayon temple is early in the morning. Don’t miss the bas reliefs on the ground level.
Our tip: Don’t miss the bas reliefs on the ground level! For a different view on Bayon Temple take an Elephant ride around it.
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