Monday, July 21, 2014
Siem Reap Trip 2014 - Day 2 - Bayon Temple Ruins
Finally we get to visit the Bayon Temple Ruins, lots of restoration works going on, the cranes dont blend in well with the temple. Such a pity that could not get a good photo of the front of the temple ruins without all the cranes. The Bayon (Khmer: ប្រាសាទបាយ័ន, Prasat Bayon) is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. 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. Following Jayavarman's death, it was modified and augmented by later Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance with their own religious preferences. You can read more information from wikipedia. The outer wall of the outer gallery features a series of bas-reliefs depicting historical events and scenes from the everyday life of the Angkorian Khmer. (Source: wikipedia. There's lot of walking and climbing in here, so do climb carefull as some of the steps are very narrow. Just like the tower of the South Gate, there are giant faces at the top of the temple too. Had a good time doing some candid and funny shots at the temple, took lots of selfies too. Lots of nice angle for good photography. Everything in here looks black and white so wearing colourful clothings will make you stand out from the crowd just like these people. You have to pay a fee to pose with them. A tourist guide (need to pay for their service) explaining the history to his clients. I noticed that all the local tourist guides have to wear a standard uniform and carry an identification badge. Lots of nice anicent figurines carved onto the pillars and walls of the temples. The back exit of the temple ruins. Map showing the location of Bayon. Video of worker doing some maintenance work at the Bayon Temple Ruins.