The smiling stone faces of Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom, Cambodia
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Over 200 faces can be found at Bayon, however the corrosion and disrepair make an accurate count difficult. It is still unknown why so many faces were constructed, though scholars theorize that they represent Lokeshvara, a Buddhist deity who vows out of love and compassion to work for the benefit of all sentient beings. Many claim the carvings share features with the builder, King Jayavarman VII who ruled the Khmer Empire during this time.
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