Bayon is the temple that is located in the center of the city of Angkor Wat. It has distance of 1,500 meters from the south gate. However, the east is likely to enter tower of the Bayon. This temple was established in the late 12th century to early 13th century. It was recognized that this temple was initiated and built by King Jayavarman VII in order to dedicate to Buddhist.
Bayon seems to vie with Angkor Wat in order to get favorite monument of visitors. The two temples evoke the same aesthetic response, but there are different in purpose, design, architecture and decoration. The dense jungle surround the temple camouflaged its stance in conjunction with other structures at Angkor. Thus, it had been not known for some time that the Bayon positions in real center of the city of Angkor Thom.
Bayon was likely to erroneously connect with the city of Yasovarman I. So, it might date to the ninth century, but a pediment identified in 1925 was depicted an Avalokitesvara that had been induced the Bayon as a Buddhist temple.
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Khmer warriors depicted in bas relief, Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom, Cambodia