• Temple: Bayon, Prasat Bayon
  • Date: Late 12th, early 13th century
  • King: Jayavarman VII
  • Narrative bas-reliefs of daily life and Khmer history.
  • Ticket: Bayon is included in the Angkor Wat pass ticket. My recommendation is 3-day pass ticket which is enough for you to explore the Angkor Archaeological Park.
  • Best time to visit: Sunrise. If you want to avoid the crowds when visiting Bayon, let’s go in the early morning because most of tourists are appreciate sunrise at Angkow Wat temples.
  • Peak Seasons in Siem Reap is November to February because it’s cooler and more comfortable. April and May are the hottest months since the temperature can reach up to 40 Celsius or over.


The Bayon was constructed in the center of Angkor Thom and it is a well-known as a complex of face-towers and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor complex in Cambodia. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII. Unlike most of Khmer temples, Bayon is not surrounded by walls. Bayon is a large gallery with bas reliefs and historical stories, battles and daily life sculpted on the walls.

This place is unique and mysterious which attracts millions of visitors every years. The temple is extremely complex both in terms of its structure and meaning, having passed through different religious phrases from Pantheon of the Gods, Hindu worship and Buddhism. There were originally 49 towers face-towers and around 216 mysterious smiling faces which relief Cambodia people’s life in 12th century. Most are carved 4 faces and a few is 3 or 2 faces.


The army on the march, outer gallary.
Daily life, Chinese cooking.
Dancing apsaras in the front gate
Devatas on the wall at the entrance
The Khmers defeat the Chams in a land battle at Angkor.
Hermits kneeling in praye, S inner gallary.


  • Michael Freeman, Claude Jacques, Narisa Chakrabongse (ed.). 2003. Ancient Angkor – Books Guides.
  • Angkor National Museum, Siem Reap, Campodia. (visited 25-4-2019).
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angkor_Wat(Accessed 2019-5-26).
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