Prasat Bayon, Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Bayon, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

© Damien Bouhours

From all the temples of the giant Angkor Wat, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Bayon is one of the most beautifully preserved and displays great exemples of Khmer architecture and art. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman’s capital, Angkor Thom.

© Damien Bouhours

© Damien Bouhours

What stroke me the most were probably those massive stone faces present on the many towers and at the entrance of the complex. Their serene smile is both inviting and haunting. I guess the Mona Lisa didn’t invent the trick…

© Damien Bouhours

© Damien Bouhours

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