Category: Journalism Photography
Posted: April 1, 2019

Ta Prohm temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia

entrance to hell

by supergold

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Ta Prohm is up there with Angkor Wat and Bayon temple as one of the most visited temples in the Angkor Park. There are many reasons for its popularity, but the biggest reason is probably that is was used as the backdrop for the filming of the Lara Croft Movie Tomb Raider.
The original name for Ta Prohm was Rajavihara which means Monastery of the King in English. It was built in 1186AD by King Jayavarman VII and was one of the first temples built during Jayavarman VII?s prolific reign.
The jungle is literally growing through the middle of the temple which also adds intrigue and wonder to this amazing site.

The trees growing out of the ruins are perhaps the most distinctive feature of Ta Prohm, and "have prompted more writers to descriptive excess than any other feature of Angkor."[Two species predominate, but sources disagree on their identification: the larger is either the silk-cotton tree (Ceiba pentandra) or thitpok Tetrameles nudiflora, and the smaller is either the strangler fig (Ficus gibbosa). or gold apple (Diospyros decandra.
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