Bayon Temple

Bayon Temple

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Description
The Bayon is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. Built in the late 12th century or early 13th century as the official state temple of King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman's capital, Angkor Thom. It is unlike most of the other Angkor temples. No walls surround the terrain, and the style is Buddhist. The more than 200 large faces carved on the 54 towers are believed to depict the god Loki, or Avalokitesvara, but opinions differ. For many architectural and symbolic details a fitting explanation still has to be found. There are also some significant changes in style which leads archeologists to believe that the Bayon was built over a long period of time. The third (inner) level with the towers was changed later. The central part may have resembled the Indian temple mount Meru in an earlier stage, similar to temples like Angkor Wat. #angkor #buddhist #cambodia #khmer #temple
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