The Bayon

Khmer RuinsIn the center of the city of Angkor Thom

Unique even among its cherished contemporaties, Bayon epitomises the creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s legendary king, Jayavarman VII. It’s a place of stooped corridors, precipitous flights of stairs and, best of all, a collection of 54 gothic towers decorated with 216 coldly smiling, enormous faces of Avalokiteshvara that bear more than a passing resemplance to the great king himself.

The Bayon in the center of the city of Angkor Thom

The Bayon in the center of the city of Angkor Thom