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The Faces of the Bayon Temple

Some two hundred stone faces gaze down from the walls of the Bayon Temple in Cambodia. Historians say the faces might be the likeness of King Jayavarman VII. He was the Buddhist king responsible for building the temple when he ruled the Khmer Empire. Cambodians love this king. He built “resting houses” which now are hospitals.

Others say the faces are of a Buddhist god of compassion. Either way, the faces seem serene.

The Jungle Temple

Trees grow up through the stones of the temple of Ta Prohm. We arrived just as the sun was setting on this mythical place.

Jungle temple 2

 

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat was the first of four temples we visited in Cambodia. Angkor Wat-2-3 Carvings grace the stone walls of Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is an expansive temple city, dedicated to the Hindu god, Vishnu. Inside the city walls of Angkor Wat. The blocks of the walls are laid without mortar. I'm not sure who this is. She rests in an inner sanctum of Angkor Wat. Bas-relief frieze detail in Angkor Wat.