Captivating Cambodia: The Faces of Bayon
As with Shots of Serenity tradition, all travelogue reports take 6 months to complete. And now back to our regularly scheduled programming…
If epic is to Angkor Wat, then beautiful is to Bayon.
Located within the grounds of Angkor Thom, the most striking feature about the temple are the stone carved faces that populate the temple. They are said to be representations of King Jayavarman VII of the Khmer Empire.
View of the temple from the north entrance, complete with a temple officer dozing off under a strikingly pink umbrella. Not the most subtle cover for slacking off, bro.
There are some detailed and intricate carvings on the walls of the temple. This particular carving depict apsaras (the Buddhist / Hindu counterpart of the mythological Greek nymph) dancing.
Jayavarman VII reminds us to always look on the bright side of life. *whistles*
Towards late morning, Bayon starts to get really crowded with tourists (to be fair it’s the same everywhere) so I thought it was a good time to move on after getting the shots I wanted.
Bayon is truly a remarkable piece of Khmer architecture. Make sure Bayon is in your itinerary even if you have very limited time to explore the many temples of Angkor.