Bayon Temple at Sunset

Bayon Style

Bayon Temple was built in Cambodia at the end of the 12th century by the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII.  While from far away it just looks like a jumble of rocks, as one walks closer, hundreds of massive serene faces appear.  No one knows exactly the purpose of the faces, but many surmise that they are made in the image of King Jayavarman VII himself.  This temple is one of the only temples in the Angkor Wat complex that was originally Buddhist (although now, Cambodia is Theravada Buddhist).