The Bayon temple group was built by king Jayavarman VII within the Angkor Thom ceremonial precinct beginning in about AD 1200 .
The magnificent architectural complex with its many towers (totalling 53) was drawn in 1867 by the French artist Louis Delaporte. Sculptured faces seen on the tower walls represent colossal heads of Bodhisattvas, dieties of Mahayana Buddhism whose religion was favored by Jayavarman.
[Fig.1: Drawing of Bayon Temples (Louis Delaporte).]
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