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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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  • Isn't it a beauty — when the building grows a tree? Remember, I already saw this in the movie Lara Croft, the tree was only a kid, but how long is it gone! Go, you won't regret it! There are very interesting! Recommend! Camera with an optional! You can even with a decent lens!
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  • Great to see, but the crowds will be immense as everyone try's to get a pic. It takes a while to find this but it's worth it.  more »
  • great temple to see how nature takes back what man has built. the root systems and enormous trees were beautiful. this temple was also the most crowded of the 15 or so temples we visited and the local...  more »
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  • Providing an appealing view in the morning, this temple was constructed by Jayavarman VII in 1186. It was dedicated to his mother. There is a big tree forming a roof on the temple by its big branches and leaves and spreading its roots over the stones. The magnificent scenery of this temple appears to be eye-catching to both local and international tourists. Moreover, the detail of the temple was sculpted on the stone giving a reflection of an ancient literature in the past.
  • While not as big as some of the other temples, this one is definitely the most unique. It is currently undergoing a bit of repair, so it was a shame to see a big crane in the middle of the ruins. Even so, this complex has the most interesting blend of nature and architecture. Definitely a must-see when touring the area.
  • This one seems to be the most popular one (other than Angkor Wat). Since this one isn't as big as Angkor Wat, it gets really crowded considering the popularity of it. The temple is gorgeous though! The outside street vendors were the MOST aggressive one out of all the other temples. They actually walk up to you and will follow you...very aggressive, but hold your stance and keep moving on. Be aware that there are two different exits (east and west) which is about a mile apart so if you end up exiting on the wrong side, you'll have to grab a tuk tuk driver to take you to other side if you already have a tuk tuk driver waiting for you.
  • Aka the 'Tomb Raider' temple, it is very popular, hence almost impossible to see it without having to brave the hordes of tourists. An early start is best to avoid the crowds.
  • Small and beautiful place. The combination of the trees and buildings is amazing. Short walk from one side to the other, but it worth it.