|The center of Angkor Thom|
Well, that is actually the big question here. There has been lots of studies on the meaning of the temple but it is still not fully understood. In my huge collection of Angkor books I have read many differing views and one of the best books on it is still waiting to be read in my bookshelf: "Bayon - New perspectives". Bought it as I departed from Siem Reap after it was suggested to my by some friendly people when visiting Angkor, and who have since become good friends who will be reading this blog!
|Outer Gallery of bas-reliefs|
|Over 200 smiling faces in stone|
|54 towers with smiling faces|
|Excellent workmanship of the reliefs|
|Large Buddha image outside of the temple|
|Military procession with the King, troops and elephants|