The Bayon is the second most famous temple of the Angkor complex after Angkor Wat. It lies at the exact centre of the Angkor Wat city and was built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of King Jayavarman VII. Its most striking feature are its 54 gothic style towers with smiling face of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva (= Buddhist saint) who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas.

01 Panorama view of Bayon temple 02 Panorama view of Bayon temple 03 Panorama view of Bayon temple
04 Central structure towers 05 Towers with faces in central structure 06 View of second level with towers 07 View of second level with towers 08 Central structure tower
09 View of second level with face towers 10 View of second level with face towers 11 View of second level with face towers 12 Building on second level 13 Building with face tower on second level
14 Face tower 15 Buddhist monks walking in Bayon 16 Smiling face of Avalokiteshvara 17 Face tower 18 Face tower 19 Face tower 20 Smiling face of Avalokiteshvara
21 Smiling face of Avalokiteshvara 22 Smiling face of Avalokiteshvara 23 Face tower 24 Face tower 25 Smiling face of Avalokiteshvara 26 Towers with faces in central structure
27 Towers with faces in central structure 28 Towers with faces in central structure 29 Face tower 30 Apsara bas-relief 31 Apsara bas-relief 32 Bas-relief showing Khmer soldiers going to war
33 Two level bas-relief showing Khmer soldiers going to war 34 Bas-relief showing Khmer soldiers going to war 35 Bas-relief showing Khmer warriors 36 Bas-relief showing Khmer warriors 37 Bas-relief showing Khmer soldiers going to war
38 Bas-relief showing Khmer soldiers going to war 39 Rear panorama view of Bayon temple 40 Rear panorama view of Bayon temple 41 Rear panorama view of Bayon temple
42 Rear panorama view of Bayon temple
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