Ta Prohm Temple

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FoxyFauz FoxyFauz
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Most visited temple besides Angkor Wat - Ta Prohm Apr 23, 2015
Ta Prohm or Rajavihara as it was originally called is special and can be considered one of the most famous or touristic temple in Cambodia besides Angkor Wat due to it being a scene location for Hollywood Blockbuster movie - Tomb Raider.


Built in typical Khmer style by King Jayavarman VII between the 12th & 13th century, this temple is only 1 kilometre east of Angkor Thom (and Bayon temple). The temple is housed within an outer wall with 4 enclosures.


What is so special about this temple is that, this is the only temple which was left in ruins until now. Meaning to say, the trees and gigantic roots that grew from outside and within were left undisturbed over the years. So you can imagine how old these trees are and how huge they are allowed to grow. So much that it looks a like a jungle within temple grounds, thus creating a picturesque shot for photography and scene location for Tomb Raider. This temple is also listed in the UNESCO site.


The carvings on the walls are unfortunately not as well preserved as compared to other temples due to the temple being left to merge with nature.
the famous Tomb Raider tree
the forces of nature!
Apsara dance bas relief
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Ils1976 says:
this is really high up my bucket list! :)
Posted on: Apr 25, 2015
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hightide hightide
55 reviews
Managed to become interesting after being abandoned for 800+ years Dec 27, 2014
A Tom Raider movie scene at Ta Prohm was my first introduction to this temple. After over a decade since the Tom Raider film, seeing the gigantic tree growing on top of and around the corridors of Ta Prohm felt surreal. The temple was built during the 12th and 13th centuries, abandoned and then rediscovered. I noticed steel bars around the roots and lower branches of the gigantic tree (I suppose to help support the tree and so that its growth wouldn't obstruct the walkway). Other than that, most of the ruins of Ta Prohm have been left in the condition they were found.

Easy to get lost here - the site looks somewhat like an open labyrinth.
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andrejav andrejav
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Ta Prohm Nov 18, 2013
Ta Prohm become more famous after the Tomb Rider movie and beautiful setting they used. But this temple complex does not need anything to make it more beautiful. It is a grand ruin, currently under reconstruction and reclaiming project. Many huge threes took over the task of breaking the walls and buildings of this complex. Most of the threes are slowly being removed or cut so they don’t grow any more. I bet it was incredible sight to go through this forest and discover masterpieces between huge leafs and roots. Piles of carved rock are everywhere, waiting for the time when someone will take job of connecting the puzzle. Pay attention on carvings, they are a bit different and you can find some strange familiar figurines from the past. Many tours flock here so chose your time carefully. Usually early morning is good time to visit.
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christl3 christl3
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The Most Enduring Beauty - Man-made meets Nature Nov 26, 2012
Ta Prohm Temple was my favourite of all of the Angkor temples. You enter through a long tree-lined dirt track where landmine victims play music on their old instruments.

The temple seems to be the one temple that very little restoration work has been done. Although there are a few metal scaffoldings in place in order to prevent parts of the temple collapsing due to the intricate network of enormous tree roots growing throughout the facade and the interior. As wonderful as the trees make the temple appear, they are also it's main destructive factor as their roots are so deeply embedded in the temple. However, I think these invasive trees and their curious roots are what makes the temple so magical and mysterious. The trees look to be decades old as some of their roots are thicker than my entire body.

The temple itself was the host to some scenes from the film 'Lara Croft - Tomb Raider'. Walking around the interior you can see what drew the film director to using this fantastic setting to portray an ancient place where so many secrets are buried.
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mabby mabby
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Ta Prohm -- Surviving among the trees Jul 12, 2008
One of the must see temples in the Ankor Complex is Ta Prohm. Most would remember this temple monastery because of its association to the 'Lara Croft Movie' by Angelina Jolie, and others because of the lasting impression it makes to the visitors. They say that ta Prohm was one of those very few temples chosen by the French explorers that was left in its 'natural state', as an example of how most of Ankor looked on its discovery in the early 19th century. As you enter, you get greeted by a playing band, all land mine victims playing classic Cambodian songs with their native instruments. Trees intertwined among the ruins are especially responsible for Ta Prohm's atmosphere, and have in fact have consistently driven writers to always highlight this extraordinary feature. Although the trees are more of a destruction, they still serve as a support for the buildings.


Ta Prohm is a great ruin living among ancient trees, and is one temple you cannot miss when visiting the Ankor Complex.
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davidx says:
Fine blog and fascinating photos.
Posted on: Nov 26, 2012

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