Smiling stone face of Bayon Temple


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Dating from the 12th century, Bayon Temple is the spectacular central temple of the ancient city of Angkor Thom.
Bayon is known for its huge stone faces of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, with one facing outward and keeping watch at each compass point. The curious smiling image, thought by many to be a portrait of Jayavarman himself, has been dubbed by some the “Mona Lisa of Southeast Asia.” There are 49 standing face towers with each tower spotting 4 carved faces oriented toward 4 cardinal points of east, west, north and south. There are another 5 face towers, one at each gate making a total of 54 face towers within the city of Angkor Thom.
Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Cambodia


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