May 26, 2014

Postcards from Cambodia: Ta Prohm

Back in November 2013, my husband and I spent five days in Siem Reap, Cambodia with a couple of friends. We got home to news of a large typhoon forming over the Pacific whose projected path would take it directly over the Philippines. I used my spare hours tracking it and didn't bother with my blog—only for a few days, I thought. It took me several months after Typhoon Haiyan to start blogging again. So, half a year late, I will be featuring photos of our "Temple Run" for the next few days.
 Ta Prohm Ta Prohm is one of the hundreds of temples found in the Angkor area of Siem Reap. It was built as a monastery and university in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and, unlike other Angkor temples, is kept in pretty much the same condition as it was found.
 Ta Prohm Except for one particular temple, Angkor was abandoned in the 15th century, and the temples neglected for centuries. The jungle reclaimed the land and, now, Ta Prohm is best known for the trees (mostly kapok and banyan) growing out of the ruins. (It is also known as the temple in the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie.) A few carvings in the temple stones survived centuries of exposure to the elements.

Ta Prohm Some of the trees growing out of Ta Prohm are huge. The exposed roots of this one need propping up so the ruins don't collapse further.
 Ta Prohm A look back as we were leaving revealed the entirety of the highest tree growing out of the temple.

9 comments:

Linda said...

Wonderful and fascinating post.

William Kendall said...

A fascinating place! Beautiful shots, Hilda.

hamilton said...

Those trees and roots are amazing. They, in their own way, add so much to the temples.

EG CameraGirl said...

Amazing how nature takes over when a place is abandoned!

Karl Demetz said...

Wow, fascinating place and stunning tree!
Beautiful and interesting post, Hilda!

José Mendonça said...

Never tire of seeing photos of this unique site. I'm envyous of you now! :-)

Lowell said...

As I started to read this post, I thought the place looked familiar. I thought it probably had been the site of some movies. I've seen "Tomb Raider," but now I may have to watch it again. It's a beautiful place and I hope it will be maintained. Love kapok trees - we had a bunch of them in south Florida. One of our favorite restaurants was called The Kapok Tree. Unfortunately it closed down ago.

Birdman said...

Amazing root work here. These temples are beautiful!

Blois Daily Photo said...

Love the postcard idea when you're travelling. Beautiful photos.