No visit to the historical attractions of Angkor in Cambodia would be complete without exploring the much acclaimed temple known as the Bayon. If you desire to visit this amazing part of the world and seek a convenient hotel, an appealing Siem Reap accommodation such as the Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa would be an outstanding choice. This attractive rest offers pleasing accommodations and gracious hospitality.
The splendid Bayon Temple is considered to be the most prominent monument within the walled enclave known as Angkor Thom. This much admired temple is a Buddhist shrine and was constructed by decree of King Jayavarman VII in the latter part of the 12th century. It is considered to be a majestic example of typical Angkor architecture and attracts a steady stream of visitors from around the globe.
The Bayon is well-known for its colossal carved human faces which have been sculpted into the rock surfaces. These intriguing sculptures have become an iconic symbol of the ancient kingdom of the Khmers. The complex includes as many as 50 large towers, of which the majority feature four immense human faces carved on each side. Typically each face is about 4 m in height and they are positioned on the four principal directions of the compass. All of these faces feature an enigmatic and tranquil expression, suggesting inner serenity of perhaps even Buddhist Nirvana.
Bayon is also noted for its splendid decorations, boasting numerous outstanding bas-relief features. On the south-facing wall you will see depictions of a naval battle between the Cham and the Khmers. Also to be seen are many elaborate carvings illustrating scenes from everyday experience such as religious traditions, market scenes, games of chess, childbirth and even cockfighting.
Since the Bayon compound was constructed in stages over the course of many years, from outside it can seem a rather formless structure. However after entering this structure you will see a combination of towers, galleries and passages which form an intricate array of structures.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.