Bayon located in the centre of ‘The Great City’, was a golden tower. A Chinese official, Zhou Daguan, who was sent by Timur Khan, grandson and successor of Kublai Khan, to the court of Shrindravarman III, the Khmer Sovereign who ruled from 1295 to 1307. Zhou Daguan came to Cambodia in 1296 and return in 1297. He wrote the book upon his return to China about everyday life of ancient Cambodia (Freeman 2006). He revealed about the great city and Bayon temple that:
The wall forms a perfect square, with a stone tower at each face. At the (magical) center of the Kingdom (i.e. the central point of the city) rises a Golden Tower (Bayon) flanked by more than twenty lesser towers and several hundred stone chambers.