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Bayon Temple

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.
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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
Up close, carved faces cover the Bayon Temple
Up close, carved faces cover the Bayon Temple
A giant tree left standing from when the jungle covered the temple
A giant tree left standing from when the jungle covered the temple
Bas-relief carvings circle the 1,200 m base of the Bayon
Bas-relief carvings circle the 1,200 m base of the Bayon
Khmer Soldiers going to battle
Khmer Soldiers going to battle
Bayon carvings
Bayon carvings
Naval battle scene from the southern face of the Bayon
Naval battle scene from the southern face of the Bayon
The Khmers battling the Chams (south side)
The Khmers battling the Chams (south side)
A steep climb leads to the upper level of the Bayon
A steep climb leads to the upper level of the Bayon
One of the huge smiling faces of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
One of the huge smiling faces of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
Face from the Bayon Temple on an old Cambodian 1000 Riel banknote
Face from the Bayon Temple on an old Cambodian 1000 Riel banknote
Avalokitesvara, the Lord Who Looks Down, personifies compassion (Encarta)
Avalokitesvara, the Lord Who Looks Down, personifies compassion (Encarta)
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