Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Bayon Temple, Angkor, Cambodia



Bayon Temple is one of the most famous temple in Angkor Archaeological Park built in the late 12th century or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII. It is the most well recognized and probably the most impressive temple in Cambodia because of the gigantic faces adorning the temple towers which are made of stones.


This temple is also intriguing because until now, the experts have not concluded yet what these faces represents or stand for. Who is being depicted by the faces is still a subject of debate among the experts on the field.  



There are 216 stone faces in Bayon Temple,  54 towers of four faces each . And according to locals, from the 216 stone faces, nothing among these faces are exactly alike.




check these stone wall carvings depicting historical events:


  









Whatever these faces in Bayon Temple represents, I know we will be able to uncover very soon. But a part of me is hoping that it will stay as it is... a mystery. Maybe there are things better left unknown.




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    1. Thanks Tita,!! More to follow... ;)

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  2. Nice Pictures of the temples.

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  3. These are breathtaking!

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    1. thanks Rence!! thanks for dropping by... ;)

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  4. Your Photos never fail to impress me. If I may ask, what camera did you use for this set? Are you still using the same camera?

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    1. thanks Dg!! Yap i's still using the same camera, Lumix FZ35.. wala pa pampalit.. hehe ;))

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    2. And besides, di naman kailangan palitan. Magaling naman yung photographer,eh.

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  5. You can just imagine how much work went into those carvings! The details are just phenomenal! I wonder how long it took to build that and to carve all those pictures out. So awesome! I'm also very curious about what the faces represent but at the same time, like you, I want them to remain a mystery. There's just something fascinating about a mystery, don't you think? :D

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  6. Definitely going to Cambodia someday. I saw the replica of Angkor Wat in Bangkok. Amazing!

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  7. whew! another one of your great trips!!! really looking forward to go there again but this time with my daughter and husband :)

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  8. Hello Violy. I love your architectural destination from the Medieval Europe and now here in ancient Cambodia. Love your pics.
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    Edmar

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  9. sobra ganda!!! love your adventures!!!

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  10. Your photos are very impressive. The Bayon is really beautiful and full of mystery. When I was looking at your photos I was imagining about secret passages, codes and inscriptions.

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  11. We've been planning since last year to come by and stop there whenever we visit hi chi minch but because our couple travel buddy must move to another house then it never came to our mind again to do it! well send this blog to my husband for him to read as del! xx

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  12. Hi Violy, we saw your comment at Laurence's blog - http://rencelee.blogspot.com/2012/02/guest-post-this-life-by-cynthia.html?showComment=1328689994615#c7464371968179596294.

    Thanks for your comment of support for our library project. Here's the fb page you may check and click "like" as a start - www.facebook.com/thebookbridgelibrary.

    Thanks again!

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  13. creepy, but awesome!! (what the heck did I just say? hehe)

    :))

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  14. oohh my! These are AMAZING! im very glad that na preserved nila to

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  15. Awesome place! Seems like I'm watching LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER once again. ^^

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  16. nice and amazing place..!! Thank you for this wonderful pictures.. para n rin kaming ng-around the world..!!

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  17. They're beautiful. I also love visiting historical places.

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  18. Another ancient places to visits there, i feels like you are bringing us there thanks

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  19. This is a very nice blog you have here. Thank you for 'liking' our facebook page Watermarked. We hope you can share some of your beautiful pictures there. Very inspiring photos! btw, already followed your blog. Thanks for the xlink

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  20. great photos! i would love to go back to siem reap :)

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  21. I'm sure it took the ancient people of Cambodia hundreds of years to finish those marvelous architectures.

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  22. Parang gusto ko tuloy magtravel na. Need to scratch this very long itch. :D

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  23. Thanks for sharing this. Would definitely want to go here one day <3

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  24. Really nice photos! :D I feel the place is quite Tomb Raider-ish. I hope I get to see Bayon Temple for my self some day.. :)

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  25. Nice pics! This is one of the most picturesque spot in Siem Reap. ^__^ This is also my favorite among the temples. Gusto ko nga bumalik dun. I'm only using a digicam and would like to have better pics, hehe.

    By the way, our guide had this neat trick. You will sit dun sa isang corner and then the output is that you will be nose to nose with the face. It's really cool! :)

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  26. Awesome place, I'll appreciate it from here, not much for adventure type travelling

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  27. The pictures look amazing!
    I can imagine the faces in the rocks winking at me if look at it closely!
    I'm a travel blogger for Philippine destination, so if I see a travel post from abroad.. I get the itch to start conquering world destinations! :)

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  28. You have amazing photos! Thanks for sharing! I love traveling too but I haven't gone to this part of the world yet.

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  29. Oh man! Stoned ako sa Cambodia! Hehe! Thanks for sharing, will add this to my bucket list. :-)

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  30. Wow I could almost feel I have been there, Thanks for the photos.

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  31. The architecture is amazing, my officemates when there last year and they've been bugging me to visit it too. Hopefully when my pocket is able and willing eh makapunta din ako diyan. :)

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  32. I so want to go there. I hope I can someday

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  33. I was viewing loads of your photographs. I wish God will send some sunglight here and warm weather to use my camera. Ask lang Do you edit your photos in your computer or not? They are all very nice!

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  34. OMG!!! Ang ganda naman ng place na tooooooo. Gusto ko makapunta dyan :)

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  35. one word to describe this place "AMAZING". Grabe ang ganda, if ever pupunta kami dyan dapat morning kasi if gabi na medyo creepy yung place yet ang ganda pa rin :)

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  36. Oh my... dream ko makapunta d'yan. The pictures are great! :)

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  37. Oh wow! The place looks stunning, ancient, and beautiful! You're so lucky to have gone there. It's not one's typical vacation destination but wow, it's amazing how the place looks like.

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  38. nice photos.. are u a photographer?..want to go here as well http://pinoymanila.com/

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  39. was here too and I loved it! Until now, it is still fresh on my mind Violy. Super love your photos and great artwork through photography. Ganda ng angles mo. Super love this.

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  40. nice rin pala sa Cambodia..

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  41. How old are you? What's your job? I envy you! Exploring around the world! :<

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    1. Hi Patricia! I'm not that old... Hehe. And I have a regular office work 6 days a week! ;) I Only travel on scheduled leave and holidays.. Sana dumami pa ang holidays.. Hehe joke!! ;)

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  42. I have been putting off my plans of visiting Angkor Wat. Seeing your photos, parang sign na dapat puntahan ko na siya.. and oh, I noticed what you wore parang familiar, Angelina ikaw ba yan? hehehe

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  43. So lovely violy!! Can't wait to see these beautiful structures on November! :)

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