The Bayon, Siem Reap

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The Bayon - A Quick Overview


Address: Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ticket Price: 80000 KHR

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 06:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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About The Bayon, Siem Reap

This is one of the biggest temples in Angkor and one of the oldest in the world. It was the state temple of the great Buddhist King Jayavarman VII. While Angkor Wat is known for its grandness, Bayon is known for its minimalistic beauty. Great mythologies have been tightly compressed and projected onto the walls of the temple. The architecture is old but the temple stands tall and is very significant, both historically and spiritually. The khmer designs are overwhelmingly intricate. Those interested in history, will love this place.

Highlights include:

  • The Stone Faces
  • The Courtyard
  • The Central Tower
  • The Statue of Buddha

The Bayon Information

  • Carry water bottles with you. The tour can be tiring.
  • Very crowded on public holidays.

How To reach The Bayon by Public Transport

  • Hire a tuk tuk.

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The Bayon, Siem Reap Reviews

  • Bayon Temple or Angkor Thom temple is one great temple locate in Siem Reap where many other wonder temples in. This Temple has many for 4faces which designed very different shape and smile . It's my favorite one and I never miss to stop by there to visit every i travel there. Bayon has also a secret well where they believe if you drop floating things then it will appear in Baray lake.

  • This must be a five star place. I spent more than 20 hours here looking every piece and found every story. One day I had eight hours here and I did not eat anything except a bottle of water (no toilet in this eight hours.because it is too hot I am totally wet). It is not necessary to have a guider as if you stay long enough you will learn every story from guiders everywhere. In fact, you will notice that not every guider has the same story about the same piece. Some stories are not true so it is better that you have your own research. Read a book about Bayon before visiting otherwise you just need maybe 1-2 hours to see the site. Oh, the nearby toilet is not free and need 3 minutes walk to get there. There are more people in the morning so it is better to come after 11am. But after that time it is tooooooo hot. Please be aware of that and bring enough water with you to avoid bad luck. Enjoy.

  • Easily my favourite part of the entire temple area around Siem Reap. The carved faces are spectacular and it really is a magnificent temple - took my breath away. You cannot afford to miss this temple! If you're going to get up sunrise at Angkor Wat (hugely overrated) go straight here rather than in to Angkor Wat to get the place to yourself and just a few others. Gets far too busy once people come from Angkor Wat. And unless you're a vile monster, do NOT support the cruel, abusive practice of getting an elephant ride here.

  • At Cambodia’s Angkor Thom, my path crossed that of Annmon, a Buddhist monk who can be seen in the accompanying photo below gazing upon Bayon Temple—perhaps considering its secrets. He quickly became a new friend. Words fail to adequately capture the profound and poignant quality emanating from the insights on life he shared with me. By the end of our conversation, I noticed my face starting to hurt because of how much I was smiling.

  • Another ruin in Seim Reap. This ruin is a special and unique one. On the rocks/stones, faces of buddhas are sculptured, showing a smile which seems to tell us to be calm, to be peaceful and to be happy. The size of this ruin/temple is a bit smaller compared to some others but it is still pretty amazing. Thinking about the technology before, you will feel bewildered how they made these carvings. The only thing negative about this ruin is that the staircases are very, extremely steep. It is easy to fall off when you are walking up or down. Do beware of the staircase, and take care of elderly.

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