Bayon is the signature temple of Angkor Thom and is renowned as possessing a unique architectural display of giant stone faces forming part of the structure. Bayon temple highlights include a dramatic array of architectural complexes to explore aside from the signature faces who watch you as you explore. Keen photographers can ascend to the top and will have a great view of the surrounding panorama.
Preah Palilay is a fairly decrepit but very attractive temple with a serene shaded forest setting and jungle surroundings. Around the temple you will spot many monks and nuns, giving the temple a sensation of being an active place of worship. Preah Palilay Temple Highlights include some intricate Buddhist themed carvings and the impressive laterite tower which adorns the temple.
Phimeanakas was constructed long before the other buildings within Angkor Thom. Owing to its date of construction, its Hindu heritage and thus its architectural style is evident, the most notable aspect being its 3 tiered, pyramid design. Phimeanakas Temple Highlights include the location itself within silent jungle, and the aforementioned pyramid structure, where the top tier offers privileged views of the adjacent Baphuon Temple.
Baphuon is a large temple located just northwest of Bayon and its construction is prior to the construction of Angkor Thom. It is a three-tiered temple mountain dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, and was highly revered as a beautiful temple in its day. Nowadays, Baphuon is largely collapsed, and extensive restoration work has been undergoing since the late 1950s.