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Bayon is a fine example of 12th and 13th century Khmer architecture, erected by King Jayavarman VII, (1181- c 1220) who came into power just after the Chams sacked the previous Khmer capital. He got a renewed capital, Angkor Thom built on the ashes of former one with Bayon temple standing exactly at the center of it. Bayon's most distinctive features are the large smiling faces covering its towers and the impressive sets of bas-reliefs. The temple was built with three separate levels, out of which the first and second contain bas-reliefs.