Ta Prohm, Siem Reap

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Founded at the turn of the 13th century by Khmer emperor Jayavarman VII, Ta Prohm remains untouched and well preserved, largely owing to its status as a World Heritage Site. The temple, first established as a Buddhist monastery and university, stood abandoned for centuries, during which silk-cotton trees and strangler figs pushed out of its foundations and grew upward, burying the stone buildings in tangles of exposed roots. The ruins include hundreds of statues to various gods, former monks' residences, and stone towers, all intertwined with tree roots in an unforgettable visual effect. Parts of the trails that run through the temple are dark or impassable; use a map or follow a guide to stay on track. Plan your Ta Prohm visit and explore what else you can see and do in Siem Reap using our Siem Reap trip itinerary planner .
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  • The temple is located in the forest, so walk to it is pure pleasure. Unfortunately, probably just because of the forest, not checked our tactics, to visit her closer to the South (when other places are emptying out). This time it was crowded. Place a beautiful, charming, magical. Although it is designated route you can explore your trail and at your pace.
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  • Photojenic! I like this place very much. Not so far from the city. There are many tourists from overseas, especially westerners. Famous for Tomb raider and Kingsman golden circle. Big trees grows on t...  more »
  • Ta prohm is one of archaeological sites were looked at us. If you went to a real collapse of the ruins has been quite as I thought. Tourists often accompanies the growth of the tree and collapse has been seen in video and pictures could possibly I don't know than I think. In struggling back in quite complex and entered the East Gate. Pulling out of the West from the East is no problem.
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  • Ta Prohm is one of the main temples in Cambodia and it's considered as one of the most beautiful temple. Located in the jungle, about 12km from Siem Reap, Ta Prohm is a sample temple of how nature and temple have been struggling over 400years since the city was abandoned. Built in year 1186AD, Ta Prohm was dedicated to king's mother and also served as the Royal Buddhist monastery.
  • The famous Tom Raider temple! So far it has been my favourite temple, it was just a pity it was all incredibly full. There were very few moments that you could get a shot without having someone move into your shot. Overall, barring the quantity of people and lack of space, I would place this temple higher than Angkor Wat. Definitely worth a visit!
  • It is famously known as the Tomb Raider temple. Structures with overgrown huge trees make this temple unique and different. You will have to wait in queue to get a photo clicked with these trees. As it is one of famous temples, it is always crowded and it's better to visit as early as possible in morning to avoid all the crowd.
  • So stunning! You MUST get there very very early though, or it will be a zoo! We couldn't stop taking pictures here! Also, be warned of the children at the drop off location. They will try to sell you trinkets, and as heartbreaking as it is, the guides tell you to ignore them and do not buy anything from them! It encourages them to drop out of school to continue selling.
  • Very nice place, but crowdy. Even though it's totally worth visiting, as it's filled with routes where one can easily get lost and sometimes find a place where there's nobody at the moment, so can enjoy the place or take breathtaking pictures. Recommend getting a guide, because the history behind this temple is also very exciting.

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