Bayon is a famous temple in Siem Reap which vies with Angkor Wat another top tourists spot. It is located in the centre of the ancient capital city of Angkor Thom. Bayon temple is the only Buddhist shrine in the Angkor region which is otherwise dominated by Hindu temples. The central characteristic elements of Bayon temple are huge smiling faces made of large blocks of stone on 37 towers adorning all the four sides. Initially, there were 216 stone faces on 54 towers, out of which around 200 remain today. These rock faces are also nicknamed Mona Lisa of Asia, thanks to the charismatic smiles.
Built by King Jayavarman VII, Bayon was the state temple of Mahayana Buddhism and even the last state temple built in Angkor. Angkor Thom became a flourishing capital during his reign, and Bayon temple was constructed to demonstrate his power and influence upon his subjects. Today, people from across the world come here to get a glimpse of the enigmatic serene faces in the second most visited temple of Siem Reap.
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