"The Bayon" Angkor Thum Things to Do Tip by Blatherwick

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  The Bayon
by Blatherwick

The centrepiece of Angkor Thom is the Bayon, which was Jayavarman VII's state temple. It is a square enclosure formed by galleries with colonnades, within which is another and more elaborate system of galleries, rectangular in arrangement and enclosing a cruciform structure, at the centre of which rises a huge tower with a circular base. Fifty towers, decorated with quadruple faces of the Buddha, are built at intervals upon the galleries, and the inside walls are covered with reliefs of kings and town life, the whole temple ranking as perhaps the most remarkable of the Khmer remains.

Address: Centre of Angkor Thom

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  • Written Aug 8, 2005
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