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Bayon Temple is located within a fortified compound generally known as Angkor Thom which is only a short distant from the most visited Angkor Wat. It was constructed in the late 12th Century C.E. by King Jayavarman VII. If you only plan to see only two temples, these are the ones that you should not miss.

The Bayon is easily recognizable with its giant stone faces which are connected to the classic Khmer art and architecture. There are 37 standing towers, most but not all with carved faces orientated towards the cardinal points. Who the faces represent is a matter of debate but they may be a combination of Buddha and King Jayavarman VII. Bayon was the Jayavarman's State-temple and in many ways represents the pinnacle of his massive building campaign. It appears to be, and is to some degree, an architectural muddle, in part because it was constructed in somewhat piecemeal fashion for over a century.

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