".BAYON." Khett Siem Reab Things to Do Tip by wanderingbilly

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  .FACES OF BAYON.
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  • .FACES OF BAYON. - Khett Siem Reab
      .FACES OF BAYON.
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  • BAYON - Khett Siem Reab
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  • BAYON - Khett Siem Reab
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  • BAS-RELIEFS - Khett Siem Reab
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BUILT IN THE LATE 12TH OR EARLY 13TH CENTURY BAYON WAS THE OFFICIAL STATE TEMPLE OF JAYAVARMAN VII.
BAYON IS FAMOUS FOR ITS STUNNING FACE TOWERS.. ORIGINALLY IT HAD 49 OF THESE GREAT TOWERS..TODAY ONLY 37 ARE LEFT STANDING.
BAYON HAS PASSED THROUGH DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS PHASES FROM HINDU TO BUDDHISM.
IT ALSO HAS THE HONOUR OF STANDING IN THE EXACT CENTRE OF THE CITY OF ANGKOR THOM.
THE STRUCTURE OF BAYON IS OVER THREE LEVELS.. THE FIRST TWO ARE WHERE YOU WILL FIND A LOT OF BAS-RELIEFS..THE THIRD AND LAST IS CIRCULAR AND THIS IS WHERE YOU WILL FIND THE FACE TOWERS.
THE BAS-RELIEFS AT BAYON ARE STUNNING, THERE ARE TWO SETS BOTH CARVED AT DIFFERENT TIMES. THOSE ON THE WALLS OF THE OUTER ENCLOSURE ARE EARLY 13TH CENTURY AND FEATURE BATTLES AND DAILY LIFE.
THE BAS-RELIEFS OF THE INNER ENCLOSURE WERE DONE MUCH LATER IN THE 13TH CENTURY AFTER BAYON HAD BEEN CONVERTED TO HINDU WORSHIP..THE CARVINGS HERE ARE OF HINDU MYTHOLOGY.
A GREAT TIME TO VISIT BAYON IS JUST AFTER SUNRISE WHEN THE SUN CASTS IT'S GLOW OVER THE FACES... OR LATE AFTERNOON AS THE SUN IS FADING.

Directions: .BAYON IS IN THE CENTRAL AREA OF ANGKOR THOM.

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  • Written May 8, 2008
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