Reviews of The Bayon • 4
If there is one example of stone faces looking as though they were animated, the Bayon is a perfect one. Built by the Buddhist King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon is another imposing structure at Angkor. The spellbinding carvings of the dancing apsaras (fairies) of Hindu mythology need to be seen in order to understand the capabilities of creative intelligence. A lot of walking is involved along with a tad bit of climbing while the sun can be harsh, therefore, water and sunglasses/hats are essential.
Bayon temple sits exactly at the center of Angkor Thom, representing the intersection of heaven and earth. Architecture in this temple is distinct, showcasing huge stone faces and curious smiling images dubbed by some as the 'Mona Lisa of Southeast Asia.'
If there is a single most egotistical temple in the world, it must be the Bayon. What looks like several temple mountains from afar quickly morph into a four headed bodhisattva that is said to bear a striking resemblance to the then king Jayavarman II. If carving 216 faces of yourself on every available surface in the most crowded, dense jungle of a temple isn't narcissism, the definition seriously needs reworking. Truly fascinating.
This is one of the most enigmatic buildings. Huge faces carved on the stone embellish the towers. Whose face is carved on the stone is still not certain. Most of the scholars, however believe it is that of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII's face due it's similarity with the 216 gigantic carved faces. It constitutes as a fascinating mystical place.