Photo of the Day – Bayon Temple, Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Bayon Temple is one of the largest Mahayana Buddhist temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park.The Bayon was built in the heart of Angkor Thom, which was a great city spanning nine square kilometers. It was built in the late 12th – early 13th centuries and is best known for its multitude of massive serene, stone faces that grace its many towers.

I read that Bayon Temple represents the intersection of heaven and earth, The huge stone faces of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara point outwards at each compass point and with curving smiles have been dubbed, by some, as the “Mona Lisa of Southeast Asia”, There are 51 smaller towers surrounding Bayon, each with four faces of its own.

Bayon Temple was huge compared to some of the smaller temples we had seen. We had just begun walking around its outer walls when the heavens opened and it poured. We, however, did not mind one little bit as we had our fabulous rain ponchos on that Abigayle had bought for us! Thank you Abigayle because we were able to stay dry and still enjoy the fabulous experience.

at every point
stoney smiles
keeping watch

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