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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  • Beside Angkor Wat best temple area from my point of view. Movie scene area „famous tree“ Tomb raider with Angelina Jolie (never seen that movie...) most of buildings heavily destroyed as most of the t...  more »
  • Wow! We spent about an hour here, and you cannot fully appreciate everything. Its a forgotten temple, which Banyan trees grew and started to crumble it apart. They decided not to re-build it, as it ha...  more »
  • Tomb raider site, can be a giant maze. Beware of falling stones. Benton trees grow on top of the stones and roots grow down to reach water in the ground.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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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