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TaProham and Trees

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Picture a temple in ruins: trees overgrowing the walkways and the walls, and even causing the ceilings to crumble. Hundreds of bricks lay around the grounds, walls are missing, and trees stretch into the sky. This is TaProham: it looks like a movie set - and it is! This temple was used in the movie Tomb Raider, and it is simply amazing.

Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm has been left 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.

Like I stated in a previous post, these temples allow visitors to climb on everything: the fallen blocks, the huge trees, everything. This temple looked like something that was just discovered and was still being cleared of the jungle that had taken it over. And that made this temple truely a special sight, so much so that I went back both days that I visited the Angkor Temples!


Posted by Cassi 16:48 Archived in Cambodia

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