Cambodia Travel Notes - Part 5 (Scenic Photos: The Bayon)

The Bayon lacks the tremendous size of Angkor Wat, and it is more like a temple-mountain in its grandiosity.

On the ground level, the Bayon is surrounded by walls with bas-reliefs that relate scenes of everyday life and historical scenes of battles and victory celebrations.  These bas-reliefs have finer details than those at Ankgor Wat.

At the top level, there are 54 towers on which more than 200 faces have been carved.  These are the famous smiling faces.  P Jennerat de Beerski: "The faces with slightly curving lips, eyes placed in shadow by the lowered lids utter not a word and yet force you to guess much."