Bayon Temple History | Top amazing photos of Brasat Bayon review history , The Bayon temple is located in the center of Angkor thom, the temple is the one of popular sites in Angkor complex. It was built in the late 12th and early 13 centuries by King Jajavaraman the VII. The architectural composition of the Bayon exudes grandness in every aspect. Over 200 large faces caved on the 54 towers give this temple its majestic character, which at that time represent to 54 provinces in Cambodia. The iconography of the four faces has been widely debated by scholars and some think they represent the Bodhisattva Avolokiteshvara, in keeping with the Buddish. Character of the temple, it is generally accepted that the four faces on each of the towers are images of the King Jajavaraman VII and signify of the omnipresence of the King.
The plan of the Bayon represented on three separate levels. The first and second levels contain galleries featuring the bas-reliefs. A 16-sided central sanctuary dominates the third level, which is cruciform in plan. Despite this seemingly simple plan, the layout of the Bayon is complex due to later ad-ple plan, a maze of galleries, passages and steps, connected in a way that makes the levels practically indistinguishable and creates dim lighting, navrrow walkways and ceiling.
Besides the architecture and the smiling faces the highlight of Bayon is undoubtedly the bas-reliefs. The bas-reliefs on the inner gallery are mainly mythical scenes, whereas those on the outer gallery are a marked departure from anything previously seen at Angkor. They are unique and contain genre scenes of everyday life-market, fishing, festival with cockfights and jugglers and so on, and historical scenes with battles and processions. The bas-reliefs are more deeply carved than at Angkor Wat, but representation is less stylized. The scenes are presented mostly in two or three horizontal panels. The lower on, with an unawareness of the lows of perspective, shows the foreground, whereas the wealth of creativity. Description of the bas-reliefs in this website follows the normal route for viewing the Bayon. They begin in the middle of the east galleries and continue clock-wise. Visitor should keep the monument on the right.