Although Cambodia’s Temple of Bayon is quite overshadowed by the majestic Angkor Wat, it nonetheless is steeped in a grandeur of its own.

Bayon actually turned out to be one of my favorite temples in all of Angkor and was certainly the most surprising. Located within the complex of Angkor Thom, Bayon amazes with its dozens of giant prasats, featuring carved stone faces of the god Lokeshvara. The temple is quite steep and its numerous corridors and Buddhist alters make for quite the exploration. Bayon was originally a Hindu holy site, but later became a temple for Buddhists. Today, monks in beautiful saffron orange robes can be seen gliding through the temple corridors, offering prayers and incense to the Buddhas.

Here are a few of my favorite images from my visit to the Temple of Bayon:

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Approaching the entrance …

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Little girls reluctantly pose for a photo near the entrance.

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Have you visited the Temples of Angkor? Which was your favorite?

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