Millions of the traveler tour to Siem Reap Cambodia to visit the well-known Angkor Wat, and besides the celebrated religious monuments, there preserves the ancient Bayon Temple with many faces in the stone. Sometimes, visitors feel that these faces are smiling down at them, which ignites the thrill of adventure in the lost world.
Bayon Temple with the giant faces carved in the stone and more mysterious things
Bayan was erected in the 12th and 13th centuries by King Jayavarman VII, one of the leaders of the Khmer Empire. After overpowering the Cham people, the King ordered to construct various religious monuments close to Angkor Wat, namely Bayon, Ta Prohm, and Angkor Thom. Among these, Bayon serves as a Buddhist shrine with around 200 smiling faces carved in the enormous towers and stones. History said that the faces were made similar to King Jayavarman VII. Also, sculptured in the wall encompassing the temples were bas-reliefs, demonstrating the Khmer life and the historical periods.
Adventurers, photo hunters, and thrill-seekers all fall in love with Bayon. The temple is very distinctive with the giant faces carved in the stone. Each face has the tiniest grin, feeling like these faces are smiling down at the visitors all the time. In that feeling, the hidden temple appears to be enigmatic, serene, and thrilling enough to marvel even the seasoned explorers.
Particularly for photo hunters, Bayon Temple in Siem Reap offers the ancient, astonishing, and mysterious background for the back-in-time adventure and the photography of the authentic Khmer temple architecture. Withstanding the test of time, the antique temple delivers various “museum pieces” for guests to touch, feel, and learn the history. There, you see the ancient stone constructions carved with the gigantic faces and the bas-reliefs. There must be some moments when you’re wondering how the old Khmer people could create such enigmatic carvings.
While crowds of tourists believe that Angkor Wat in Siem Reap is the best place to view the sunrise, but there are much more advantages to enjoy the sunrise in Bayon than in the Angkor. In Bayon, you find no crowd, and the quality of the majestic sunrise is just similar. It’s easy and hassle-free to capture the magical moments of dawn when the first sunlight illuminates the age-old stones in which the smiling faces were carved years ago.
How to Get to Bayon Temple Cambodia
The majority of tourists choose to hire a tuk-tuk to get to the temples near Siem Reap. This tour package can be arranged by your hotel at the certain prices. A typical day tour would start with a visit to Angkor Wat, and then the temples of Bayon, Ta Prohm, and other ancient sites. Though this is the easiest way to discover the religious monuments, but not necessarily the best way. If going in this sequence, you’re likely to meet the large crowds of other travelers, especially if you get to Bayon during the peak season (from November to February).
So, here is a recommendation to beat the crowds: While others are watching the sunrise in Angkor Wat, you go to Bayon. There will be a few groups in this area, and in the early morning timeframe, Bayon ignites the mystical adventure. In that sense, you can rent a bike in the hotel and cycle from Siem Reap to Bayon, around 5:00 AM, so that you reach the destination in the early morning hours. The experience is rewarding, and you’ll be glad that you wake up early for this.
The first time you see and touch the ancient stone temples and the mysterious faces carved will convince you of the matchless beauty of Bayon. Want a real back-in-time adventure on Cambodia Tours? Make it happen by traveling to Bayon!
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