If you asked about the largest religious monument in the world, the answer must be Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and the temple is adorable due to its extensive Bas-reliefs and also for the numerous devatas-guardian spirits-adorning its walls.
Speaking about the cause of this temple name, you will see that Angkor comes from Nagara that means city or capital, while Wat means temple, so the meaning of Angkor Wat is “city temple”, and it was built early in the 12th century for the king Suryavarman II, in order to be his state temple.
A Portuguese monk called Antonio da Magdalena was one of the first western visitors to the temple in 1586, and he described the greatness of the temple saying, “is of such extraordinary construction that it is not possible to describe it with a pen, it has towers and decoration and all the refinements which the human genius can conceive”.
Angkor Wat is a magnificent monument which has stood the trials of time itself. Words cannot summarize this beautiful temple carved in stone. And the precise layout is unimaginable of the times it was built in. I highly recommend visiting Angkor Wat at sunrise, it will be busy with many tourists but the views of the sun coming up behind the temples is something not to be missed. Food is expensive inside the temple area, make sure you take your breakfast with yourself.
At the center of this capital city ”Angkor Wat”, a richly decorated and well-known Khmer temple was constructed, and it is called Bayon Temple. Bayan Temple a marvel of ancient engineering is on display for all to see. The multitude smiling stone faces on the many towers, which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peek, are the most distinctive features of this unique temple. It is the temple of many Buddha faces. Everywhere you go there are countless Buddha’s faces and they are all look different.
At one point Bayon Temple had 49 towers within the complex and approximately 200 faces. The smiles represented happiness, sadness, charm and beauty. Bayon Temple complex was built at the end of the 12th century or nearly 100 years after Angkor Wat. Bayon Temple is located in the Angkor Thom complex, and can be visited on the same ticket as Angkor Wat.
While visiting Bayon Temple, take your time to admire the beauty of this amazing temple. The best time to take photos would be in the afternoon. Single day ticket to Angkor Wat and other surrounding temples will cost you $37.00, a three-day ticket will cost you $62.00 and a seven-day ticket will be $72.00. The basic rule is when visiting temples in Angkor Wat complex is long pants and shirts that cover shoulders. Angkor Wat was voted number one travel destination by Lonely Planet. It is a must see destination!