My Cambodia Trip – Part III – Ta Prohm Temple

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Our next destination was to visit Ta Prohm, a temple at Angkor, Siem Reap Province.  It was built in the Bayon style in the late 12th and early 13th centuries.  It was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university.  The most distinctive features about Ta Prohm have been the trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings.  These features have made the temple very popular for tourists.

Although the temple was built in the Bayon style, it does not have many narrative bas-reliefs, compared by Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom.   One explanation is that the Buddhist artwork must have been destroyed by Hindu iconoclasts following the death of Jayavarman VII.

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Ta Prohm temple – One of the most iconic, evocative, and photographed of all the ruins.

Ta Prohm temple – Nature holds the temple in the grips of gigantic tree roots wedged between massive stones.

Ta Prohm temple – The site of the “Tomb Raider” which is a series of action-adventure games, comic books, novels, theme park rides, and movies, centering around the adventures of the female fictional British archaeologist Lara Croft. The filming was in action during our visit.

Ta Prohm Temple – See the gigantic tree roots!


4 Comments Add yours

  1. getsetandgo says:

    This was one of my most favorite temples.. Loved every minute here

  2. seeker says:

    Incredible trees and roots. I am surprised that the structure has not collapsed due to the weight of these trees.

    1. friendlytm says:

      I wonder also. Thanks fir your comments.

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