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Bayon and Angkor Thom

Bayon is the second most famous of the temples at Angkor, built during the reign of Jayavarman VII (1181-1201). The dozens of large towers carved with the four faces of Avalokiteshvara make for a very wonderful, although quite bizarre temple. It is the centerpiece of the extensive Royal City of Angkor Thom, which is entered by crossing causeways lined with hundreds of statues leading to monumental gates also portraying the four faces of Avalokiteshvara.
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A line of 54 gods lining the left side of the southern causeway to Angkor Thom
A line of 54 gods lining the left side of the southern causeway to Angkor Thom
One of the gods on the Angkor Thom causeway
One of the gods on the Angkor Thom causeway
The causeway leads to a monumental gate
The causeway leads to a monumental gate
Angkor Thom causeway
Angkor Thom causeway
On the right side of the causeway are 54 demons
On the right side of the causeway are 54 demons
Each gate to Angkor Thom displays the 4 faces of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
Each gate to Angkor Thom displays the 4 faces of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
One of the faces of Avalokiteshavara
One of the faces of Avalokiteshavara
Gate to Angkor Thom
Gate to Angkor Thom
Faces of all sizes
Faces of all sizes
Gate to Angkor Thom
Gate to Angkor Thom
Southern gate to Angkor Thom
Southern gate to Angkor Thom
The Bayon Temple looks like a disorganized pile of rocks from a distance
The Bayon Temple looks like a disorganized pile of rocks from a distance
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