The Face Towers of the Bayon Angkor in 1866. This dark sandstone temple stands within the walled city of Angkor Thom and was the state temple of King Jayavarman VII, the Buddhist king who expanded the borders of the empire to its greatest extent. As with Angkor Wat, it is one of the most imposing religious sites in the world. In all there were 51 face-towers, an iconographic innovation of Jayavarman VII, although today only 37 remain. When Thomson visited, he was the first person to take photographs of this magnificent edifice. The effect of neglect and the incursions of the forest created a romantic and mysterious air no longer in evidence today.
April 23, 2018 1:21 PM (UTC+8)