The design of the Bayon
The Bayon is a very compact temple site; its circular plan and 52 towers are grouped tightly within square walls; with outer galleries and surrounding walls. within these walls are one and half kilometres of bas reliefs.
In the 13th century, the temple was subject to alteration after the Khmer empire reverted to Hinduism. In later centuries Theravada Buddhism became the main religion, so many of the Hindu figures were altered or replaced.