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Bayon, the smile of Angkor

Bayon, the smile of Angkor

Asia, Cambodia, Outside India
The mesmerising Bayon temple is one of those few places on earth which looks breathtaking at all times of the day. Famous for its towers of gigantic smiling faces, this 12th century Khmer temple reflects the creative streak of Cambodia‘s most legendary king, Jayavarman VII. These gargantuan faces belong to boddhistava Avalokiteshwara and they give Bayon its slightly unnerving character. With their broad foreheads, thick nostrils, slightly curving full lips, serene composure and deep set downcast eyes, the Bayon faces exude a strange aura and one often feels sneered at or calmed down by them. Their quiet “know it all” smiles are often described to be as enigmatic as Monalisa‘s charm and they have coined, the famous “Smile of Angkor”.…
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