"Bayon Faces" Angkor Thum Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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Originally the Bayon was comprised of 54 towers, each of which supported four faces ? one looking to each point of the compass. Today, 49 towers remain. Theories behind the meaning of the faces have surmised that the sculptures represented King Jayavarman VII as a god-king and suggest that the 54 towers represent the 54 provinces of the realm, with the king's face looking over the entire country.

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  • Written May 2, 2010
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