Ta Prohm, the temple of mysterious roots in Cambodia

Ta Prohm temple of the roots @ VIVU360

One of the best destinations in Cambodia that not a lot of people know about.

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I came to Ta Prohm on my Cambodia tour in mid-June. The first time I knew about Ta Prohm’s huge roots was through the 2001 movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, but it was not until we set foot here and saw firsthand the root that I just really feel the greatness of nature.

Nature is in control

The roots inside the temple @ Wiki

Ta Prohm is as if bringing people to another world, a world where nature completely reigns. If Angkor Wat is a testament to the power and talent of the ancient Khmer people, Ta Prohm makes people think of the eternal power of nature.

Ta Prohm is a desolate but ruinous shrine by the presence of huge tree roots crawling on rocks like a giant python. The roots of trees have been through the structure of stone for nearly a thousand years, creating an incredible combination of nature and architecture.

There is a very special truth that many people do not know. These roots do not grow from the ground up from the ground. The tour guide told the group that the birds had dumped the forest to the temple and dropped it. These seeds meet the favorable environment then grow into giant trees.

Ta Prohm Temple is located east of Angkor Thom built by King Jayavarman VII in 1186. The temple has so far ruined many, but the ruins of architecture, moss and giant roots seem to add up. the enchanting atmosphere and magical beauty for the space of the temple. All make you feel like an explorer in the jungle.

Find your way to Ta Prohm

The best time to experience all the beauty of Ta Prohm is usually in the early morning when there are only a few visitors. There are many street vendors serving food and beverages for visitors to choose from near the entrance to the temple but do not forget to pay the price.

Ta Prohm is located in Angkor, Angkor Thom. From the center of Siem Reap, there are two major roads: Sivatha Boulevard and Pokambor Road, followed by Tusamuth. Getting to Charles de Gaulle is possible to reach the end of Angkor Wat. To go to Ta Prohm you can rent a bicycle, motorbike or tuk-tuk if you do not know clearly.

Tickets to the Angkor area in 2017 are quite high: one day is $ 37, three days is $ 62 and seven days is $ 72. Unless you are fascinated with the temples, you should visit only one to three days, which is more than enough to make the most of the temples.

If the weather is good then one day you can visit four to six temples a day. So avoid Angkor when the sun is a hot or rainy season. The roots of the ancient trees take on a bizarre appearance that envelops almost the entire temple, creating a particular attraction. These roots do not grow from the ground but are raised from the air from the dispersal of bird seed.

Many branches rooted deep, hugging the wall as if to hold the temple from the destruction of time. The roots grow over the top of the temple, but the special thing is that they always evade the faces of the reliefs. After the brick walls collapsed, some roots were lifted by the support

Ta Prom additional information

The entrance to the temple @ Photo Dharma

Ta Prohm is the modern name of the temple at Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara (in Khmer: រាជវិហារ). Located approximately one kilometer east of Angkor Thom and on the southern edge of the East Baray, it was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm is in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor’s most popular temples with visitors. UNESCO inscribed Ta Prohm on the World Heritage List in 1992. Today, it is one of the most visited complexes in Cambodia’s Angkor region. The conservation and restoration of Ta Prohm is a partnership project of the Archaeological Survey of India and the APSARA (Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap)

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