The scenic ruins of Ta Prohm have been maintained in their original form, ever since they were discovered by the European explorers. For this reason, the temple is one of the most notorious attractions in Angkor.

The beauty and uniqueness of Ta Prohm also reside in the jungle that surrounds it and is slowly taking over the ruins, casting a deep, mysterious shadow upon it. While the other temples in the area are admired for their structure, Ta Prohm pleases the eye with its mystic look.

The first impression upon visiting the temple is that it is taken over by the trees, whose large roots spread like a net around the building. This aspect alone has inspired many visual artists and writers in their work.

Ta Prohm Photos

Angkor Archaeological Park guide

Map

Ta Prohm Map

History

Ta Prohm was built in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII in the honor of his mother. Initially known as “Rajavihara”, the temple was supposed to be a Buddhist edifice. Its inscription offers historical data of the locals, raising up to a number of 12,500. The temple was abandoned in the 15th century, along with most of the temples in Angkor.

Unlike the other temples in Angkor, the construction of Ta Prohm has not been prolonged along the years; the only work done to it was to prevent the trees from completely destroying it. This process has been intensified in 2010 by an Indian preservation organization.

 

4 Reviews

  1. chessieorq
    chessieorq
    Philippines 62 Comments
     -  04 Dec 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    One of the best temples in the Angkor complex. It is famous for the many ruins and trees inside the temple. The way around can be a bit tricky since most areas are blocked due to the ruins and possible falling debris. But still a nice place to visit. Side note, when visiting, ensure to wear the proper attire (no shorts and revealing clothing).

  2. Jen11
    Jen11
    Germany 60 Comments
     -  03 Oct 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    One of my favourite temples at Angkor Wat. The building combined with the fig trees look stunning and you think you are in another world. The movie Tomb Raider was played here and once you are there, you´ll understand why this location was chosen.

  3. Sara
    Sara 29 Comments
     -  06 Jun 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    An awesome example of Nature winning over human construction. This temple is surrounded by the jungle, which is little by little taking it over.
    Visit the set of Tomb Rider early in the day, it gets very crowded as one of the most famous attractions in Angkor.

  4. echo 31 Comments
     -  16 Mar 2015

    I’ve never seen anything like this. The giant tree roots overpowering ancient buildings…a sight I’ll never forget.

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