The faces of Bayon. Cambodia, February 2011.

The faces of Bayon

  Cambodia and Thailand - February 2011

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I wanted to see the temples of Angkor again. In particular Bayon and its towers, carved faces with enigmatic smiles. See and see again ... I like!

mountain temple

The Bayon is the first temple we asked to visit. A "temple-mountain" of the XIII-XIV century. This is my third visit, and I am not jaded. He continues to fascinate me.

At the first level, a maze of gray stones, in which one gets lost a little, between the pillars adorned with apsaras, celestial dancers, and frescoes depicting scenes from everyday life and episodes from Hindu mythology.

Inside, we can offer some sticks of incense to Buddha, Shiva, or whoever you like ...

Apsaras (celestial dancers), at Bayon. Cambodia, February 2011.

At Bayon. Cambodia, February 2011.

At Bayon. Cambodia, February 2011.

The faces of Bayon

You have to climb some steep steps to access the upper terrace ... A magical place!

At Bayon. Cambodia, February 2011.

There, huge faces to the benevolent expression, a little enigmatic, you observe. Each tower is adorned with three or four faces. There would be nearly 200 in all.

The faces of Bayon. Cambodia, February 2011.

The faces of Bayon. Cambodia, February 2011.

You have to take your time, on this terrace, stroll slowly, stop, look up, turn around, to discover a different perspective, unexpected. Each turn is a new series of smiles. The stone is gray-green or golden depending on the orientation of the sun.

The set has something soothing, serene, really fascinating. Bayon is one of my favorite temples.

The faces of Bayon. Cambodia, February 2011.

The faces of Bayon. Cambodia, February 2011.

But already, tour groups are coming ... Too many, too noisy.

Better to leave, to keep intact the magic of the place!


  Cambodia and Thailand - February 2011

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  1. I'm planning to go there soon... Those enigmatic smiles are already appealing to me in pictures, I can't wait to see them in real life 🙂

    By the way: I really like your blog and its tone, thank you!

  2. Fascinating indeed the Bayon, I think it's the one I will go to see again first when I go back to Cambodia. I have to file my pictures of the temples... 🙂

  3. The Bayon ... I keep a good memory of this temple ... but, when I went, there was indeed a little too much for my taste. I imagine that this temple is one of the essentials of the site. So, I did not linger, and I preferred to move away from the crowd, to do a few more km to distant temples and less popular ... And there ... it was magic! Do not hesitate to push further ... Finally, I have no advice to give you ... you are an expert !!!
    Ah ... there ... thank you for all these photos ... I'd like to go back there someday ...
    Biz !!!!! And ... I'm waiting for Krabi's pictures ...

  4. @Lili: Thank you ! As soon as I find a small niche in my busy vacation schedule, I post a new ticket on other temples ...

    @Philippe: First immersion today, Koh Phi Phi, before the diving cruise at Similan in a few days.

    @auxBulles: The next bubbles are coming soon ... First plots today in Koh Phi Phi: two turtles! Then head to the Similan Islands in a few days.

    @David: Me too, must I class my photos ... What a job!

    @ Helen: Quite ... By the way, I have a lot to say about the invading tour groups. I prepare a post on the subject ...

    @Ysbilia: Yes, Bayon is beautiful ... But there are many other temples, again. To discover in future blog posts!

  5. @Fabrice and @ Marie-Julie: Magic is the word! We are many, I see, to have loved the Bayon.
    My other favorite temple was the Ta Prohm ... but ... but ... Several things have changed since my previous visits ... I'll have to discuss it in a future post.

  6. Yes, it's pretty magical. We turn our heads, the stone looks at you; you raise your eyes, she gives you a mysterious smile; we scan all these faces, then we see that they actually look much further.

    Yes, when the crowd of tourists arrives, it makes you dizzy. You lose your travel buddy because you prefer to flee to the other corners of Angkor Thom 😀 I enjoyed my little walk to the Baphuon by a long mineral path, then the shaded paths, the sacred pool that gives a refreshing impression, the hesitation "do I climb or not?" in front of the Phimeanakas...

  7. My favorite temple in Angkor! there reigns a so peaceful atmosphere ... strange besides this atmosphere knowing that one is observed with all his eyes!