Bayon Temple
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  • Shelley M
    Albany, New Zealand882 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    faces have souls
    Our 2nd favourite, loved all the faces and towers. Very impressive carvings on the walls and a guide told us the stories it told which was really interesting. Closed in shoes was a good idea here as many loose and uneven large stone everywhere. Just incredible how this was built and the detail. Easily spend an hour wandering around here.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 25, 2023
  • Fiona
    Singapore, Singapore13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good comparison to Angor Wat
    In amongst the smiling Buddahs - it was a great comparison to the more well known Angkor Wat. Lots of detail to be seen, and a different story. Maybe not as in good condition but nice to see sensitive restoration work being undertaken.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 14, 2023
  • lifenadventure
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates2,211 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved the faces
    So amazing, the large faces in the temples are just incredible to see. We got there before opening – 7.30am, but saw others in there. It was quiet and very few people in the whole place or around the area so it was really calm and tranquil. There are monkeys everywhere so take care of your stuff. The inside is underwhelming, the outside is just stunning, could spend ages looking at it from all angles.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Sean W
    New York City, New York3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a beautiful carving faces
    The biggest Buddhism temple of the world and beautiful 4 faces of Buddha. It was amazing built in 11 century in year 1181 by king Jayavaraman 7 of Cambodia and really in the center of the city Angkor Thom. There are many temples in the 9 km quare of Angkor Thom city. Do not miss.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Sarah C
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My Favorite Temple in Cambodia!!!
    When I went, there was no one else there! It was so cool having this beautiful temple all to ourselves (the group I went with). We were able to walk through the temple, soaking in the detail and beauty that was built so long ago. The temple appears to be less intact than its neighboring Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat temple but that's what is so beautiful about this temple. There is something about being so close to something so ancient and untouched.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 1, 2023
  • Vishal M
    Mumbai, India112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The many faces of Bayon Temple
    The Bayon Temple gives us some of the best photo opportunities amongst all the temples - referring strictly to selfies here. Would have liked some more time here.. the walls are adorned with the story of the king avenging the enemies and how did the city get the name Siem Reap. The temple in itself is quiet an architectural wonder which has been well maintained to a certain extent. One thing I would suggest is that you sufficient amount of time to explore the place and not get rushed.....
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 2, 2023
  • Wikumj
    Bromley, United Kingdom356 contributions
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    Serene faces - a highlight of Angkor
    One of the best temples in Angkor (right in the middle of the large Angkor Thom site), this is included in the 'small circuit' tours and a stop here should feature in any trip to Angkor, even if you only have 1 day. What is distinct about this temple is the large serene faces sculpted onto the towers, facing in all four directions; we have not seen anything like it. The faces are incredible well preserved.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 3, 2023
  • Ana-Maria B
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,348 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Deserves as much hype as Angkor Wat
    This temple is also out of this world, especially with the dozens of faces looking benevolently at the visitors. It does get pretty crowded, but there still are good opportunities for stunning photos. As in the case of Angkor Wat, do get a guide or guidebook to tell you what to look for and take your time. There is plenty to see.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 17, 2023
  • Balasubramanian R
    Chennai (Madras), India806 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    bayon temple, Angkor
    Bayon temple is one of the tourist attraction in Angkor. It is a famous Khmer cultural temple and old one built in 12th/13th centuary by the King Jayavarman. It is also called as Kings temple. Renovation work is under progress. It is famous for array of towers and the architecture is of Khmer dynasty. Guide informed that in this area more number of banyan trees were there.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 24, 2023
  • Vivutravel
    Hanoi, Vietnam1,439 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bayon, heart of Angkor Thom
    Heart of Angkor Thom where many buddha faces will be seen. Boyon is a highlight of your visit to Angkor. Remmeber to stop at the Angkor Thom South Gate for photos. I was at Bayon last week (December 2023), but it was pity that the top level of the temple was closed for restoration. However, it is worth visiting.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 2, 2024
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Craig E
Manchester, UK2,334 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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TMOH8
Guildford, UK2,274 contributions
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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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Alex H
Port St. Mary, UK2,601 contributions
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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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Brad
Hong Kong, China172,932 contributions
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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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LoBommer
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK1,746 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This was our last Temple stop at Angkor Wat and we didn't feel templed out at all!
Our guide explained a bit about the temple and showed us the way to go in and told us to go and explore which for us was great to do our own thing. It is quite a small temple full of nooks and crannies and faces looking at you from every angle. We explored all the temple and then circumnavigated it back to our designated departure site.
Highly recommend Siem Reap Shuttle Tours for a full day tour.
Written February 2, 2020
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julia b
60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This temple is incredible, with so many different faces all over, not to mention the stunning carvings along the base of the temple. Be careful as you climb up the small interior stairwells they are lacking in head room. When you're a t the top you can get quite close to the faces! awesome pics! Not much shade up top, so bring lots of water. With this being one of the most well known temples it does get busy but most people will give you that second to get the photo with no one in it😃
Written February 8, 2020
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JanC377
Basingstoke, UK313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This was one of our favourites during our stay at Siem Reap as it is surrounded by jungle and the faces are just magnificent . The carvings are stunning and tell stories that challenge you to make guesses as to what they depict ( although free guides are available ) . Loved the bridge with the Budhas .
Written January 26, 2020
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Beth
Bristol, UK1,157 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Actually enjoyed this temple. The outer walls are engraved with the daily goings on of the ancient city. Noticed the guides all had their own takes on the engravings. Overheard one saying that a certain carving was of a massage, another of comforting another lady etc so take what they say with a pinch of salt and make up your own mind. They're still amazing to see. The inside has mainly crumbled in the very centre so you can only work around the outer section of the inner temple. And such a maze. Every now and then you come across an opening to the outer wall and just have to guess if you've made a loop yet. Loved all the faces carved into the temples steeples.
Written February 16, 2020
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admglick
Boston, MA586 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is one of my favorite temples. Different from the others with the buddha heads. Unfortunately as of Jan 1, 2020 you can no longer go up to the upper level (although I am glad they are trying to protect these beautiful structures from tourists)
Written January 16, 2020
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Tony M
Cornwall, England357 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Very impressive building but having just visited Ankor Wat did not have as big a wow factor. It is the temple at the centre of Ankor Thom. Most of the buildings in a city that housed a million people have gone as only ceremonial buildings were allowed to be made of stone. The main feature of this temple are the smiling faces that are carved into the temple.
Written February 29, 2020
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