One of the world’s magnificent marvels are the ruins of the ancient city of Angkor in Cambodia. Angkor used to be the capital of the Khmer Kingdom from A.D. 802 until A.D. 1295.
Meaning “The Great City” in Khmer, Angkor Thom is an impressive temple complex famed for its 148-ft central temple, Bayon and nearby Baphoun. Angkor Thom covers a vast area with over a mile on one side and filled with elaborate reliefs, statues and carvings.
The Bayon is the centerpiece of the Angkor Thom complex, with its classic 216 huge stone carved smiling faces, typically set in groups of four and each face indicating an ordinal direction on the compass.