The Bayon temple is situated in what used to be the capital; Angkor Thom. The temple was built in the 12th – 13th century for Jayavarman VII and was the official state temple of the capital. The Bayon has a very baroque Khmer style when comparing with the more “classical” style of Angkor Wat. In this temple you will find a huge number of stone faces, they are all very detailed and it is truly stunning to walk around here.
This 10th century temple is just amazing. Come here and study the exact carvings and beautiful details everywhere. The temple, which is built in red sandstone, was built by a Yajnavaraha, a courtier and counsellor to the King at that time. There are a lot of depictions of the Hindu gods Siva and Vishnu here, but also a great deal of carvings of women, which may be the reason the temple is named “Citadel of the Women”.
Be aware, to get here you will probably sit in a tuk-tuk. The distance is some 25-30KM from “the other” temples of Angkor. But we surely found it worth it!
Cambodia is such a beautiful and interesting country to travel in. Keep your eyes open and your camera ready!