Interpretive Paper on the Bayon Temple
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It is the magnificent central temple of the ancient city of Angkor Thom, located to the north of the well-known Angkor Wat. The Buddhist temple of Bayon which includes aspects of Hindu cosmology was built around 1190 AD by King Jayavarman VII. The square Angkor Thom has sides almost two miles long; it is surrounded by a moat, and faces the four cardinal directions of the earth: north, south, east and west, state DumarCay, Royere, and Smithies (2001).