The secrets of Ta Prohm in Cambodia


Hidden in the dancing shadow, Ta Prohm has to be in addition to their list of must-see spots in at Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. It is like a pure fantasy regarding a place still undiscovered. People visiting Angkor describe it as the most atmospheric ruins in the region that must be definitely explored. Unlike other popular monuments at Angkor, Ta Prohm has become swallowed through the nature, namely by the jungle, in order that it appears to be the most monuments of your Angkor did throughout the first European explorations.

Visiting Ta Prohm would be a unique experience you might ever endured. Metaphorically speaking, it represents the entire process of conquering the character by the humans and, again, the conquering from the humanity through the nature to destroy it. Whereas Angkor Wat is the effect of the talent from the ancient Khmers, Ta Prohm is the exact replica in the jungle.

Ta Prohm was built in around 1186 and was originally named Rajavihara, that translates as “the temple of the king.” Built as being a Buddhist temple, Ta Prohm is one of just a few temples in the area which contains inscriptions about its inhabitants and dependents.

The temple is described as closed courtyards, towers and narrow corridors. It can be today impossible to pass through a number of the corridors due to roots of decayed trees. Bas-reliefs from the pushing-out walls are covered with creeping plants, lichen and moss developing a gloomy atmosphere. The entire scene is completed from the hundred-year-old trees over the heads with their leaves playing with the sunlight.

The most famous root formation at Ta Prohm is its central enclosure, called the Crocodile tree. Moreover, Ta Prohm houses that famous “Tomb Raider tree” where Angelina Jolie, playing Lara Croft, picked a jasmine flower and then fell into Pinewood studios.

For safety purposes, it is actually now prohibited to climb on the damages galleries because the heavy stone might lead to much harm if they fall. Today, Ta Prohm is with the technique of restoration from a dedicated team of Indian and Cambodian archeologists.

If you still don’t get the chance to visit this mysterious place, consider exploring it online on websites including National Geographic. You will discover lots of amazing photos consumed in Ta Prohm through the photographer Carl Kruse on National Geographic. Carl Kruse on National Geographic features plenty of photos showing the magic of Ta Prohm.


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