The Bayon is one of the most enigmatic and powerful religious buildings in the world. Built as the state temple of Jayavarman VII, it uses a mass of face towers to create a mountain of ascending peaks. In total there are 37 towers remaining , most of which are carved with four faces – the overall effect is overwhelming with these massive heads looking at you from every direction.
Bayon Temple is surrounded by two long walls bearing an extraordinary collection of bas-relief scenes of legendary and historical events. In all, there are are total of more than 11,000 carved figures over 1.2km of wall. They were probably originally painted and gilded, but this has long since faded.
The complexity of the monument ensures that the play of light changes throughout the day. Early morning and late afternoon can marvellous and unexpected views of the faces.
The Bayon is located in the heart of Angkor Thom, 1.5km from the north and south gates.
If you plan to visit The Bayon and Angkor Wat then I recommend you use a local guide to learn about the rich history of the temples and the local culture. Check out Sophanna at www.exploreangkorwat.com