The Bayon

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Seated Buddha image 

The galleries of The Bayon are richly decorated with bas-reliefs depicting mythical scenes, daily life in villages on and around the Tonle Sap and historical battles on land and water.   

Here bareheaded Khmer soldiers march off to war.  The commanders atop elephants and a person of some  importance riding a horse beneath  a parasol. 

The scenes are arranged  in 2 or 3 layers.  Here the lower layer depicts the Chams in 1177, armed with spears  being rowed into battle on the Tonle Sap  by their galley oarsmen.  The mid layer (upper in this photo) show the foot soldiers supported by archers riding on an elephant.

 

I wish I had allowed myself more time to devote to the bas-reliefs.

An elephant and row of mythical Hindu Garuda birds supporting  the middle section of the Elephant Terrace at Angkor Thom.  

The large stone platform is believed to be the base of the Kings wooden audience hall, long since rotted away as have all the royal and secular buildings of Angkor.

 

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