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25 Awesome Details About Angkor Wat Travel Blog Sandy N Vyjay

Disorder in the building of the Bayon is reflected in the several architectural changes. It seems that just after the Cham sacked Angkor in 1177, Jayavarman VII decided the Hindu deities had failed, so he switched allegiance to Mahayana Buddhism. The Bayon was caught in the middle — the foundations are Hindu, but the superstructure is Buddhist. Jayavarman VII’s son and grandson reverted the use of the temple to Hindu worship, with Brahmans from India gaining good influence over the Angkor court. Heads and faces on statues have been destroyed and replaced with Hindu gods. There is an international airport...