Ta Prohm Temple

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm

After Angkor Wat, we went to Ta Prohm temple. This temple was a budhist monestery and university commissioned by a Kmer King in the late-12th and early-13th century (more at Wikipedia). This is one of the best temples, in my opinion, because it is in a beautiful setting after huge trees grew over much of the ruins. They have chosen to leave the temple in a condition close to the one in which it was found. This is probably one of the reasons they chose to film part of the “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” movie here. The movie where Lara (Angelina Jolie) goes into a ruin in a door under a tree. In Siem Reap, there are many references to the movie, including drinks called “Tomb Raiders“.

The trees here are huge and beautiful. I remarked to Karen later that its “odd” how there are only huge trees in the national parks around the temples (strong tone of sarcasm). It’s truly sad how trees like this are being plundered for lumber. We really enjoyed walking around the ruins and taking pictures and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

I took a couple of panoramas here which you can view in the slideshow below. Check out this slideshow of Ta Prohm to get a taste of what is there.

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