The Bayon

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  • Address: Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Timings: 06:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Ticket Price: 80000 KHR
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Statue, Family And Kids, Architecture

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

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

  • Hire a tuk tuk.

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  • The Bayon Address: Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • The Bayon Timing: 06:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • The Bayon Price: 80000 KHR
  • Best time to visit The Bayon(preferred time): 07:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit The Bayon: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Siem Reap include The Bayon in their plan

  • 72.26% of people start their The Bayon visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see The Bayon

Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday

93.44% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The Bayon

People normally club together Angkor Wat and Angkor Zipline while planning their visit to The Bayon.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • I wish I hadn't gone on such a cloudy day, though the temple was still stunning. The whole time I was there, I was imagining how these temples were built and it's amazing. Like many temples in Siem Reap, it can get very crowded but the complex is big enough if you want to find some serenity while soaking the stone faces in. In terms of transport, I originally wanted to tour the temples by myself, but you're better off going with a guide . 1. They can explain the history to you. 2. They will have transport arranged and waiting for you to get from one temple to the other. And 3. They can take photos for you. Haha

  • My favourite temple in the Angkor Wat complex/tour. This is the 2nd to the last temple we visited. It was awesome! Cant figure how they made those faces which are all over the temple. Visit the temple soonest before nature destroys it, or before they start “restoring” the place which kinda destroys its natural picturesque quality 😍

  • I have been to Angkor 5 times now over the last 15 years and I still love visiting Bayon Temple. It sits inside of the old city of Angkor Thom. The temple itself is very cramped for space with 37 towers that are decorated with large carved faces that look into four directions with the largest being almost 2½ meters high. Some say the faces were a Hindu God Brahma but when it was found out that it was in fact a Buddhist temple archaeologists believed the faces to be of Lokeshvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion. But then again Bayon was the state temple of King Jayavarman VII and some say the faces look like him. I always visit Bayon first thing in the morning or very late in the afternoon when the crowds are less and the sun is not so intense.

  • beautiful place. we went and visit the place earlier than the opening hours. it was beautiful! the weather was perfect. very cooling and less people! 😊

  • The Bayon, Siem Reap, Cambodia: The Face Towers, built by Jayavarman VII with colossal faces staring out in four directions over Angkor are the most singularly smiling architectural feature of the ancient capital of Cambodia. Each of tower supports two, three or four gigantic smiling faces of Lokesavara (Buddha or Shiva). Most of the inner gallery decorated scenes from Hindu mythology. Ancient ruins that tell so much within their walls.

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