The Bayon temple includes some bas relief wall carvings around the base, but we only spent a few minutes looking at them because of the allure of the temple itself. There are a few examples in the slideshow of these carvings that are actually better in some ways than the ones at Angkor Wat.Karen took a photo of me standing behind one of the headless statues. Maybe they’ll use me as a model for restoring the statues? I think not… We then proceeded to enter the main courtyard of the temple and took many, many photos of the temple. The Bayon-style faces up on the towers are just awesome to behold. They are so large that each face is made up of several large stones. Some of them fell down over time, but archeologists have been piecing them back together. I climbed one of the structures and took some panoramas which are shown in the slideshow below as well. I really like how the photos of this temple turned out!
We next climbed the stairs up into the temple and walked around the towers with the Bayon faces. There’s a shot of Karen standing in front of one set of faces, and many other angles and views of different sets of them.
After the Bayon temple, we walked toward the Baphuon temple and took some pictures from the front, but we didn’t stop there as our time was limited. We next went to the Elephant Terrace – which is a long set of walls and stairs with Elephant carvings that are nearly life-sized. We noticed other small-sized temples (like the family-sponsored ones at Prambanan) across the road. One of the terraces had some lion guards, one of which was newly restored to original condition.
Next up was the Leper King terrace symbolized by man-shaped demons. We also saw another Naga-capped balustrades for a bridge and a large temple ruin that apparently leads to the Royal Palace some distance away. We continued on to some bas reliefs in the Leper King area next though. After that, we left to return to our Tuk Tuk (our ride) to go to another temple for the afternoon after some lunch. I’ll write about that other temple in another post after I process even more photos.
Meanwhile, enjoy the Angkor Thom slideshow with some of the best photos from this trip. Please view full-screen for a better view of the photos: