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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!
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 ...
The faces of Bayon
You have to climb some steep steps to access the upper terrace ... A magical place!
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.
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.
But already, tour groups are coming ... Too many, too noisy.
Better to leave, to keep intact the magic of the place!