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 builder.
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  • August 18, 2017
    The Angkor Wat temple complex is great, but I must say Ta Prohm is the more detail, the trees that strangle the stones, unforgettable. To see!
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  • August 18, 2017
    I am very fond of trees so I admit that I might be a little biased, but out of a multitude of temples we visited around Siem Reap this was my favourite. The green moss gives a lovely hue to the rocks,...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Of the many trips he made, this temple was without doubt the most fantastic things I've ever seen. See those century-old trees, if not ancient, the "eat" the temple, it makes navigating the concept "time". Point REQUIRED.
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  • July 4, 2017
    My least favorite among the 3 Temples but this place never really disappoints as well. Ta Prohm is mostly a set of temples within a forested area. Here you can see a very amazing array of temples and trees. Also, this is the famous spot from the movie of Angeline Jolie's Tomb Raider.
  • July 7, 2017
    This temple was my personal favorite. Because different restorers have a preference on how they fix things up, the French (who restored this one) kept the giant trees and I feel like it added to the ancient effect. It isn't as big as Angkor Wat but it was quaint and had a sense of mystery. It's considered the "jungle temple" and very much felt like it came straight out of the jungle book!
  • May 8, 2017
    A wonderful temple left in the condition where it is safe enough for visitors to wander around and yet retains what was as taken away by time and the forest. The reason for the 4 stars is because of the crowd. It is difficult to enjoy and appreciate the place when there are so many people talking and posing for photos that you cannot have a good view of the temple. Some places have barrier to prevent people from getting close. Maybe it is better if you are super early or late.
  • July 9, 2017
    This site is one of the most interesting due to the entangled tree growth amongst the ruins. It’s also a bit further away than Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom and, as such, tends to be a spot which is popular in the late afternoons. Buck the trend and go first thing in the morning to avoid the package group hordes. For an in depth trip report check my travel blog: megaworldasia dot com
  • May 30, 2017
    We loved this temple the most! A lot more interesting and visually impressive than the others I thought. How nature has engulfed the temple is truly awesome. If you only have limited time visit this temple over any others.

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