Known for its 54 towers and about 200 enigmatic smiley faces, Bayon It became my favorite temple. It was one of the last built in Angkor and it is one of the few temples buddhists from the ancient capital of the Khmer Empire. The story about the mysterious faces varies depending on who tells it. My favorite option is the one that says it is the face of Jayavarman VII, the King who built Bayon, the one who silently pursues you spying on each of your movements. Legend has it that Jayavarman VII was a bodhisattva, someone who has achieved the Buddhist goal of detaching himself from the world and who, despite being offered the opportunity to dissipate in the Nirvana, choose altruistically to return to the world to help it. In these times, such generosity left me totally impressed.
When you visit Cambodia, get lost for a while in the Bayon Temple; I assure you that you will never have felt so observed. And it is that nobody escapes the indecipherable and mysterious smiling looks of this enigmatic temple ...