Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Carvings of Banyon in Angkor Thom

At the heart of Angkor Thom is the 12th-century Bayon, the mesmerising, if slightly mind-bending, state temple of Jayavarman VII. It epitomises the creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s most celebrated king. Its 54 Gothic towers are decorated with 216 gargantuan smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara, and it is adorned with 1.2km of extraordinary bas-reliefs incorporating more than 11,000 figures.









The basic structure of Bayon comprises a simple three levels, which correspond more or less to three distinct phases of building. This is because Jayavarman VII began construction of this temple at an advanced age, so he was never confident it would be completed. Each time one phase was completed, he moved on to the next. The first two levels are square and adorned with bas-reliefs. They lead up to a third, circular level, with the towers and their faces.

7 comments:

  1. Aren't all the temples fabulous.

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  2. Forgot to say, your photos are fabulous. Hope you are not melting too much

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  3. That's quite an amazing place! Wonderful carvings.

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  4. The crocodile attack and I hope rescue is fantastic. So lively!

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  5. What a wonderful trip you seem to be having! I read about the heat and humidity you are experiencing and wonder how it compares to Japan's summer heat and humidity. The trees that you are photographing are amazing!

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  6. The carvings are amazing when the tools that were available at that time, are taken into consideration.

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