Bayon Temple was the last stone temple built in the 12th century during the period of the Khmer empire, standing right in the center of Angkor Thom capital city in Siem Reap.
The temple was erected as a square, famous for its four iconographic faces on each of the 54 towers representing the King Jayavarman VII, who ordered the construction of Bayon Temple as his official state temple, which testifies the king's omnipresence and is dubbed as "Mona Lisa of Southeast Asia". The faces show smiles of charming, sad, glad and beautiful, standing out of the other 200 faces inside the temple. Two long walls enclose the temple with an extricate collection of bas-relief scenes of historical events. More than 11,000 figures were carved on the outer gallery, vividly depicting the daily life of Cambodians and the conflict between Khmer and Champa.
Take a clockwise tour of the temple, you'll encounter more amazing ancient relics: the former state temple of Baphuon and Phimeanakas; Elephants Terrace is the platform to view the king's victorious returning army and the South Gate leads directly to the world-famed Ankor Wat.
Siem Reap is conveniently connected with other Asian countries by river or air. Why not take this 21-Day Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos Highlights Tour?