The Bayon ~ Angkor Thom, Cambodia
Jan 6 2002

Built around the late 12th and early 13th centuries, Bayon is one of the younger structures and sits at the very center of the ancient city of Angkor Thom. One of the most visited temples, it's popularity amongst visitors has to do with its' well preserved Bas-reliefs and the 54 towers, each with the smiling face of Avalokiteshvara carved on four sides. These giant visages, numbering over 200, seem to constantly keep you under their strange gaze, no matter where you are on the grounds. Look closely and at least three can be made out in this picture.

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nigel & julie snow