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The temple of about 200 faces

Built in the precise center of the city of Angkor Thom, Bayon was once an important temple thought to symbolize the intersection between heaven and earth. The former state temple of King Jayavarman VII, today, Bayon is most well-known for its enigmatic stone faces. Though they're widely thought to be carvings of the boddhisattva Lokesvara, some scholars believe that they may be representations of Jayavarman himself. In any case, towers rising out of the upper terrace each showcase between two and four huge, smiling faces, the "Mona Lisas of Southeast Asia" - considering there are about 200 heads in a tight area, the effect only heightens Bayon's mystery.

Bayon is also famous for its bas-relief scenes of everyday life as well as historical battles. On just a kilometer-long wall, one can see over 11,000 carved figures depicting war, worship, victory, and more.

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