Postcard Friendship Friday 072: The Gentle Smile of the Giants

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Here’s one of my favourite temples in Cambodia – the Bayon Temple. Angkor Wat is amazing but, to me, the Bayon Temple is exceptional and, therefore, my personal favourite.

The massive smiling faces are serene and staring at the horizon. I cannot imagine how the ancient Khmers have created Bayon Temple, or Prasat Bayon.

What you are looking at is one of the many (54 all in all) giant smiling faces that are carved on sandstone towers. Each tower is hoisted and carved with four smiling faces looking in four directions. It was a sight to behold!
The last time I visited Bayon temple I saw a tourist sitting on the ground with his back resting on the temple wall just across one of the towers. On his hand was an unlit cigar, like one of those cheap humidors I’ve seen around, and pretended to puff a smoke. I bet he is enjoying the moment, looking at a very, very old structure. Perhaps imagining how the ancient Khmers built it and pondering the mystery about who these faces represent. This question actually remains mystery up to the present.

3 thoughts on “Postcard Friendship Friday 072: The Gentle Smile of the Giants

  1. I wholeheartedly agree with you… I was in Siem Reap last January and I spent 3 days looking at allllllll the temples. Bayon was far and away my favorite. This is a great card, too. 🙂

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