Bayon Temple is just a short tuk-tuk drive away from Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat. The temple rests in the exact center of the 12th-century Khmer Empire – the intersection of heaven and earth. The Bayon’s most distinctive feature are the massive stone faces which jut out from the temple terraces. Bayon’s huge stone faces have been dubbed the “Mona Lisa of Southeast Asia.” There are 51 smaller towers surrounding Bayon Temple, each with four faces of its own. You do the math. Bayon Temple is surrounded by two long walls with carved-images of legendary and historical events. In all, there are are total of more than 11,000 carved figures.
As in all temples in Cambodia, walk everywhere, climb where ever you please. And, we did just that.
As we left the temple heading for Pub Street to cool off, a line of elephants passed. They walked right past cars, tuk-tuks, tourists trying to snap photos. It was a very cool sight to see.