When in Cambodia: Bayon Temple

The province of Siem Reap reminds me of the app game Temple Run. On my first day in Cambodia, I went temple running and Bayon Temple is one of the many temples that made me feel like I was in the actual game.


Bayon temple is the central temple of the walled city Angkor Thom. It is one of the biggest temples in Siem Reap. It’s notable for the many smiling stone faces that are usually grouped into four and facing outwardly at each other.


I find the detailed architecture amazing. The carved walls depict bas-relief scenes that tell historical events in Khmer history. I simply cannot believe that this kind of structure was built way back in 12th to 13th century. Bayon was built by King Jayavarman VII as the official state temple of the Buddhist. 
Like the rest of the temples, an Angkor Pass is needed to get in. This pass costs 40 USD for a three-day entry to the temples in Siem Reap. However, it does not require entering temples for three straight days. It’s valid for six days upon entry date.

Since this is a popular temple, expect a lot of tourists here all the time. We went here at around 9am and there were too many people already. It would have been better to visit as early as the sunrise. Nevertheless, we found a few good spots to check out the temple and snap a few photos.

This temple may require some climbing so it’s best to come prepared like bringing a lot of water and wearing comfortable clothes (no dress code for this temple though). 



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