The stone faces of Bayon - a photographic tour


Bayon is one of my favorite temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park. The more than 200 stone faces provides a number of different photographic opportunities - pose nose to nose with a stone face or with your facial silhouette within the stone's silhouette or just one stone face in front of another. My favorite times to visit are early morning and especially late in the day when the number of visitors dwindles. You can actually find some quiet time amongst the many faces before the sun sets. Bayon was built in the late 12th century, as a Buddhist temple, under the reign of Jayavarman VII. Bayon is not a large area. There are a number of photo ops where visitors like to pose in front of the stone faces or peek out of one of the many windows. Visiting early (arriving by 6:45 am) or later in the day (an hour and a half before sunset) allows for easier access to these shots.

Bayon in the late afternoon as seen from the nearby road

There are over 200 stone faces of Bayon - sometimes called the Mona Lisa of Southeast Asia

Approaching Bayon in the late afternoon

The stone faces of Bayon in the late afternoon sun

Nose to nose - your tour guide knows all of the great photo spots

One of the many windows at Bayon. They provide great photo opportunities.

The bas-reliefs depict life centuries ago

Some of the bas-reliefs on exhibit at Bayon

The stone faces of Bayon in different shades of lighting

Nose to nose - this time it's stone nose to stone nose

Looking through the doorways, I notice a Buddha in the distance

The faces can be seen from so many different angles

The afternoon sun brings out the colors of the stone faces

Up close the faces of Bayon are huge

The detail in the faces is incredible

Late in the day, an individual traveler is alone in his thoughts

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