Ta Prohm – A Buddisht monastery swallowed by the jungle

Angkor is a region of Cambodia that served as the seat of the Khmer Empire, which flourished from the 9th to 15th centuries. Today Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia with impressive temples such as Ta Prohm.

Extending over approximately 400 square kilometers, Angkor was a megacity and reached in their glory time almost 1 million people whilst London barely had 30.000 inhabitants.

The temples within the area of Angkor area number over one thousand, ranging in scale from nondescript piles of brick rubble scattered through rice fields to the magnificent Angkor Wat. Undoubtedly the most atmospheric and striking ruin at Angkor is Ta Prohm temple, which should be high on the hit list of every visitor when traveling in the area.

Entrance to Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor

Entrance to Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor

Built in the late 12th century, Ta Prohm is the modern name of the stunning temple located approximately one kilometre east of Angkor Thom. It was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Buddisht monastery and university.

Unlike most angkorian temples, Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found when European explorers stumbled upon it. 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.

Ta Prohm temple

Ta Prohm temple

Ta Prohm temple has also served as a film set. It was used as a location in the popular action-adventure film Tomb Rider (2001), with Angelina Jolie playing the role of Lara Croft.

I got really impressed with Angkor, even more than the Pyramids of Giza or the Roman Forum. A unique, other-worldly experience I totally recommend when traveling in Cambodia.


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