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  • Address: Cambodia
  • Hours: Open daily, sunrise to sunset
  • Admission: 80,000 riel

The Bayon temple forms a square at the center of the much larger square of the vast Angkor Thom, and is the architectural highlight of the complex. This was considered by the Khmers to be the conjunction of heaven and earth, though the auspicious site was covered in jungle for centuries.

Like much in the area it dates to the 12th-century reign of King Jayavarman VII, and is particularly noted for its magnificent carved stone faces with their beatific smiles. They depict either the king himself or a bodhisattva; the confusion was probably deliberate.

The bas relief carvings on the temple’s outer walls are a riot of scenes depicting everything from celestial beings and mighty battles to humble village life.

Practical Info

Bayon is within Angkor Thom, which lies 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) north of Siem Reap, past Angkor Wat.

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Private Angkor Day Tour from Siem Reap, Siem Reap, null
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Private Angkor Day Tour from Siem Reap

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Immerse in the lost kingdom of the Khmers on this 8-hour private tour from Siem Reap. Experience nature running wild at the mysterious ruins of Ta Prohm, the ...  Read more

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.00
Angkor Wat Helicopter Flight with Private Tour of Temples, Siem Reap, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Angkor Wat Helicopter Flight with Private Tour of Temples

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See Cambodia’s magnificent Angkor Wat and other temple ruins by land and air on this private full-day tour! Explore the temples of Angkor Archaeological Park ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $582.50
Full Day Angkor Wat Tour by Car, Siem Reap, Helicopter Tours
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Full Day Angkor Wat Tour by Car

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Tourists simply cannot say they've been to Siem Reap if they haven't visited its biggest claim to fame: the Angkor Temples. Built in the early 12th century, ...  Read more

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $70.00
Private Angkor Temples Full-Day Tour from Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Cultural Tours
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Private Angkor Temples Full-Day Tour from Siem Reap

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This private day trip from Siem Reap highlights the main temples of the Angkor archaeological complex, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built between ...  Read more

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.00
Small-Group Tour to Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Day Trips
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Small-Group Tour to Angkor Wat

Drive to Angkor Thom that was the masterpiece of King Jayavarman VII. The scale is simply staggering and we are immediately overwhelmed by the audacity of ...  Read more

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.00
Small Group Tour to Angkor Main Temples, Siem Reap, Day Trips
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Small Group Tour to Angkor Main Temples

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The Khmer Empire created the largest religious monument ever built when they constructed the amazing Angkor Wat along with it hundreds of other small monuments ...  Read more

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $36.00
Small-Troup Angkor Day Tour, Siem Reap, Day Trips
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Small-Troup Angkor Day Tour

Visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon (smiling faces temple), Ta Prohm (jungle temple, and Phnom Bakheng on this shared day trip.

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $16.00
Angkor Temples Tour and Overnight Buddhist Monastery Stay, Siem Reap, Day Trips
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Angkor Temples Tour and Overnight Buddhist Monastery Stay

This overnight stay at a Buddhist monastery near Siem Reap includes a half-day tour of the UNESCO-listed Angkor Archaeological Park. Visit the famous Angkor ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $237.50
Private Angkor Wat Tour from Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Overnight Tours
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Private Angkor Wat Tour from Siem Reap

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Small private tour to visit Angkor complex with private and personal tour guide and driver for day trip. To visit main temple within the small circuit of ...  Read more

Location: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.00
Angkor Temples Small-Group Tour, Siem Reap, Cultural Tours
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Angkor Temples Small-Group Tour

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Discover the mysteries of Angkor on this full-day, small-group temples tour from Siem Reap. See the iconic Angkor Wat and the enigmatic faces of Bayon temple. ...  Read more

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.00

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