The Bayon Temple
13 Mar 2013 | From Elma of Cambodia
Elma is a Filipina postcrosser from Cambodia. She's been living in Cambodia for a while now with her German husband. I'm so grateful that she decided to do this swap with me.
Angkor Thom was built as a square, the sides of which run exactly north to south and east to west. Standing in the exact center of the walled city, Bayon Temple represents the intersection of heaven and earth.
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."