Bayon Temple, Perfectly Ruined.

Day 7 of 9-day backpacking.

Bayon is the first temple we visited in the Angkor area. I was like a kid wearing a big smile as my feet bring me closer to the ruins of Bayon; a rich adorned temple. This is by far the most majestic ruins I’ve ever seen, perfectly ruined by time. The temple is standing in the exact center of the compound of Angkor Thom which built as a square, the sides of which run exactly north to south and east to west. It is said that the temple represents the intersection of heaven and earth.

For few minutes, I just stared at the ruins, absorbed the details and beauty of it. The Bayon’s most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and massive stone faces on many towers. With one facing outward and keeping watch at each compass point. 

The temple is located 10km from Siem Reap and the main UNESCO archaeological park, and has a privileged location right in the center right of the town of Angkor Thom. Bayon Temple highlights include bas-reliefs and a dramatic array of architectural complexes to explore aside from the signature faces that will watch your every move.

Things you should know:

Visiting time: 5:00am - 6:00pm
Admission fee:  20 USD for 1 day
                           40 USD for 3 days visit per one week validity
                           60 USD for 7 days visit per one month
                     * Children under 12 years of age are FREE, just show passport. 
                     * You can visit all temple except KULEN Mountain and WAT BENGMEALEA.

How to get there:

You can arrange your tour with tuktuk drivers for 4 USD per person for whole day or rent a car for 25 - 35 USD depends on the tour package. Some guesthouses offer tuktuk service at the same rate. Haggle! :)

1 comment:

  1. Do you have an idea why all carved stone faces are smiling?

    BTW, I love your aztec pants! :)


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