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Bayon Temple Angkor Thom

  • By on July 25, 2009 | 9 Comments

    Soon after we watch the sunrise in Angkor Wat, we proceed to the Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom in our 2nd day of Siem Reap Travel.

    Angkor Thom was constructed in late 12th century and you need to spend several hours just to visit the temples inside.

    Angkor Thom is one of the largest of all Khmer cities and it probably remain as the capital until the 17th century.

    If you plan to visit City of Angkor in Siem Reap, you should not miss out Angkor Thom in your travelogue.


    This is the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the most popular entrance or the first point of entry for the tourist.

    You should enter the Angkor Thom from South Gate and not others, especially those who love photography πŸ˜€


    Most of the visitor including us was amazed by the magnificent constructed South Gate.

    The monumental construction was different than what we saw in Angkor Wat temple and the picture describe the difference πŸ™‚


    Just right before you enter the South Gate of Angkor Thom, you will see the impressive avenue of gods on your left hand side.


    And the asuras (demons) lining on the right hand side of the entrance of Angkor Thom.

    Some of the statue head were stolen and only the North Gate of Angkor Thom remains the most number of complete figures.


    The old tree in the South Gate entrance of Angkor Thom.

    We spent around 20 minutes taking picture around before proceed to the Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom.


    Bayon Temple was constructed in the 12th – 13th century and doubt to be the one of the world most enigmatic and powerful religious construction.

    You will need to place 2 hours visit on Bayon Temple in travelogue and I bet the visit will be one the best.

    Bayon Temple structure design was extremely complex having the influence of Pantheon ofΒ  the Gods, Hindu worship and Buddhism.


    First unique thing about Bayon Temple was the wall carving gallery that describe the ancient history.

    I am sure you need a tour guide on this part just to explain the ancient history to you.


    Unless you are symbology expert like Professor Langdorn, then you would be able to describe what is the wall carving is all about in Bayon Temple.

    The wall carving describe the trade market in ancient time where between Khmer and Chinese where the Chinese arrived with large boats and trade items.


    Another one of the carving that caught our eyes, battle between the Khmers and the Chams and victory belongs to the Khmers in theΒ  end.

    There’s a lot more wall carving but it’s better to perceive lively on the ancient history πŸ˜‰


    Once you have reach to the top of Bayon Temple, you will have these photo shot on the amazing face towers.

    Until today, there are only 37 standing face towers and most of it was carved with four faces. Some of only have three faces or even just two πŸ˜‰


    One of the famous Bayon Temple face tower with the most beautiful ‘Monalisa’ smile.

    Ouch, my face just feel numb if I smile like this πŸ˜‰


    Another popular face tower in Bayon Temple for ‘nose to nose pose’ if you love photography.

    We are glad that our tour guide show us the best position pose to capture the shot πŸ™‚


    Popular ‘window pose’ on one of the face tower and our official trip photographer love Bayon Temple very much πŸ™‚


    Hi everyone, welcome and discover yourself on the ancient world of Angkor

    The Bayon Temple visit and the 2 hours of exploration gave me a better knowledge of the Angkor ancient civilization.


    Alright guys and girls, let’s move on to another temple in Angkor Thom with full energy πŸ˜€

    ah hong

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  1. #1 smashpOp
    July 26, 2009 8:20 pm

    wah i wan come here also!

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  1. #2 Jayce
    July 27, 2009 4:56 am

    Sure will visit this place… Next year maybe? πŸ˜›

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  1. #3 ah hong
    July 31, 2009 3:09 am

    @PoP @Jayce You all should visit Siem Reap, I guess you all will love the City of Angkor πŸ˜€

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  1. #4 Anonymous
    September 5, 2010 4:16 am

    Is it advisable for one to visit the temples in Angkor without tour guides?

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  1. #5 ah hong
    September 6, 2010 6:19 am

    Hi, I strongly encourage you to call a tour guide when visit the Angkor temples. It will be better if someone can explain what’s the meaning behind the carving in the temples and even some good stories too πŸ™‚

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  1. #6 giraffe
    September 7, 2010 8:57 am

    If you do not want to get a tour guide, you may need to do a lot of studies/ reading on the building and history. Or else all the temples and carvings will look the same to you and you will find it a bit meaningless πŸ™‚

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