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!

: roll:

  Cambodia and Thailand - February 2011

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  1. J’ai justement prévu d’y aller prochainement… Ces énigmatiques sourires m’appaisent déjà en photo, il me tarde de les voir en vrai 🙂

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

  2. Fascinant en effet le Bayon, je crois que c’est celui que j’irai revoir en premier quand je retournerai au Cambodge. Il faut que je classe mes photos des 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!
    8)

  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.

    Oui, lorsque la foule des touristes arrive, elle donne le tournis. On perd sa copine de voyage parce qu’on préfère fuir vers les autres coins d’Angkor Thom. 😀 J’ai savouré ma petite balade vers le Baphuon par une longue allée minérale, puis les chemins ombragés, le bassin sacré qui donne une impression rafraîchissante, l’hésitation « je grimpe ou pas? » devant le 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!

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