Bayon Temple

Bayon Temple, Siem Reap

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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,134 contributions
Mar 2019
The detailed bas-relief carvings on the outer walls of Bayon Temple reveal land and water battles, social life and daily living histories of the Khmer citizens from the 12th century. Built by King Jayavarman, VII, the Bayon Temple lies at the center of Angkor Thom, and represents Mount Meru, considered in Buddhism as the center of the universe. More than 200 faces watch from the 37 towers, most towers having three to four faces carved thereupon. We visited in the morning, while the massive crowds toured nearby Angkor Wat. Quite clever of our guide! It was a difficult climb for my husband who has knee issues, so he waited below while I played Indiana Jones above. I had the creepy feeling that "someone" was watching over me. Haha!
Written February 11, 2020
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Kaymtravel7
Los Angeles, CA800 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
This was a magnificent place to visit! We got to watch the sunrise which was very beautiful, and it was so fascinating to explore the ancient architecture, investigate the carvings, and hear about the incredible stories. We had a local guide through Asean Angkor Guide which helped immensely, as he could tell us all of the history and explain the carvings thoroughly. There are some bathrooms on site, though they may be a bit of a walk from wherever you are touring at the moment.
Written May 19, 2020
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Jollyroger560
Middlesbrough, UK450 contributions
Nov 2019
We visited Bayon as part of a tuk tuk temple tour whilst we were staying in Siem Reap. On the way there the tuk tuk stops at a ticket office where you pay for the days entry to the temples that you choose to visit. Bayon is memorable for the huge face sculptures some of which look like they were only carved yesterday. Many great photo opportunities. A bit of step climbing is needed but not too difficult compared to other places. Well worth a visit.
Written March 9, 2020
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Craig E
Manchester, UK1,729 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
This temple is located within the walls of Angkor Thom.
The detail on the faces within the Bayon Temple is incredible, particularly considering the temple is around 900 years old.
The history of the temple is also very interesting and I would highly recommend a guide, as very few information notices about.
Written April 1, 2020
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Alex H
Port St. Mary, UK854 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Bayon, Angkor Thom, is slightly different from lots of the other temples in Angkor. There are faces imprinted on the high rising temple walls and they are very interesting to see - it also makes for some great pictures.

We did the 2 day tuktuk tour using the 1 day pass as this was the offer at the time. On day 2 we did some of the more major temples including Bayon and it was very architecturally pleasing and great to see. There were much less tourists than Angkor Wat which meant we could walk around freely for ourselves and take any pictures we wanted without any trouble. A great little temple to slot into your itinerary.
Written March 8, 2020
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TMOH8
Guildford, UK2,148 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We visited Angkor Thom, including the Bayon Temple on our second full day in Siem Reap.

We went first thing (8.00am) in the morning and it was pretty much deserted, unlike Angkor Wat that was, the previous day, being swarmed by too many tourists.

The whole complex is interesting but particularly the Bayon Temple with its imposing towers and faces. You're not currently allowed to climb the temple whilst restoration work being undertaken but that doesn't lessen the experience.

I would highly recommend NOT trying to do all the main temples in one day. You really need at least two in order to do them justice and not just get to the point of 'zoning out'.

We did sunrise over Angkor Wat on one day and early morning here and the Ta Phrom the next.

In hindsight, on our second day, I might have switched our second day order, as I got the feeling that most groups doing everything in one day do sunrise at Angkor Wat, then Ta Phrom then Angkor Thom. That way we would have avoided the crowds that gather around certain tree roots etc at Ta Phrom whilst the groups were at Angkor Wat and still had a relatively relaxed visit to the larger Angkor Thom site.
Written February 6, 2020
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Colin Campbell
United Kingdom3 contributions
Jan 2020
The Bayon temple is by far my favorite temple in the entire Angkor Complex. It is a lot less crowded than Angkor Wat and I find the giant faces to be absolutely fascinating! I have been to Angkor twice and both times the rest of my group is practically dragging me out of this temple. I'm sure all tour will include this temple, but make sure you really take time to explore this and take in the wonder of the construction.
Written December 4, 2020
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Monkeyboy45
London, UK293 contributions
Apr 2022
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 Cambodia) throughout the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom, literally meaning the "Great City."

Different meanings depending on who you ask. One comment was when praying the front view is for business and wealth, left hand side wisdom, back view is health and the right hand side is for relationships. Another view and one I liked was the four faces represent simplicity, compassion, equanimity and wisdom.

It is an incredible place and a must visit! With the amount of huge stone stacked up near the site you can only imagine what it must have looked like after it was built.

Amazing!
Written April 18, 2022
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China146,852 contributions
Jan 2020
Probably the second most famous temple to visit in the Angkor Archeological Park is the Bayon Temple, which is situated in the centre of the Angkor Thom complex, north of Angkor Wat.

Bayon Temple was built at the end of the late 12th or early 13th century during the reign of Jayavarman VII and is a centrepiece of Khmer architecture from that time period. The temple ruins are highly decorated with impressive bas-reliefs, apsara (dancing girls) figures and most famously, the numerous smiling stone faces that you will see upon the 37 standing towers throughout Bayon. These smiling faces are really neat to view and you won't help but see and one of the most memorable parts of your visit to the Angkor temples.

Note: Bayon Temple is quite popular so expect to visit with many other tourists, most who take in Bayon after seeing Angkor Wat to the south. Just be patient when exploring the grounds. It can be challenging to take unobscured photos much of the time due to the number of other visitors. If this is a concern, consider visiting Bayon first thing in the morning before the crowds set in.

Note: Bayon is one of several interesting places to visit within Angkor Thom. A few minute walk north you will be able to see Baphuon Temple, The Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King and then possibly Phimeanakas Temple as well depending on how much time you have allotted to the ruins in this area.
Written February 4, 2020
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Nancy Bragin
Lowell, MA1 contribution
Dec 2020
Bayon temple is a pretty unique and interesting temple which is well worth your time!
This temple is a very well restored temple considering its age. You don't really realize the number of faces it has till you actually step closer. The carvings on the walls on the lower levels tell you a good history of the place.
One of the temples you shouldn't omit on your Angkor tour!
Written December 4, 2020
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