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The Sprawling Roots of Ta Prohm

From Thommanon, our guide drove us to Ta Prohm, our final stop in our Angkor Tour. When Aaron heard that it was the featured location of Angelina Jolie’s  2001 film, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, he surprisingly got excited. Maybe he was already well rested when he refused to climb the Phimeanakas, and he’s also a great fan of places shown in the popular culture.


A walkway to Prasat Ta Prohm

When we arrived in Ta Prohm, we noticed that the place is heavily vegetated with huge trees. We entered the compound via the west gopura, a designated gate for tourist entrance.

We did not immediately see the temple. We had to walk a little further along the dusty walkway to see its greatness and beauty.

After few minutes of stroll, Ta Phrom eventually showed itself. Tourist were almost in every corner.

The facade of Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm, which is originally called Rajavihara, was built according to the style of Bayon, with the tower faces missing. Located in a jungle just 1 kilometer on the east of Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm offers  picturesque landscape and photogenic ruins with huge roots gone sprawling to its galleries, walls, and towers.

Some portions of monument were falling due to its age and because of the roots that crippled its foundation. Good thing that conservation and restoration efforts were made. Thanks to the Archaeological Survey of India and the APSARA (Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap) which reinforced the structures to inhibit the degradation and help it to endure another decades.

Around Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm crowns (left) and thitpok tree roots (left)

Roots growing on ta prohm

Roots growing on ta prohm

Roots sprawling in Ta Prohm

Roots sprawling in Ta Prohm

Roots of Stranger Fig growing at Ta Prohm

Roots of Stranger Fig growing at Ta Prohm

The Monk

The Monk

We did not spend so much time in the temple since we still had a bus to catch. We checked out at Angkor Wonder Hostel and headed to the bus terminal where we waited our ride to Phnom Penh.


Grabe talaga. Nakakapgtaka how those roots and trees went all the way up the structure. Baka maya nyan di na makayanan neto ang bigat ng puno. Happy New Year!

We’ll nature just reclaimed its previous properties…yung iba diyan may mga reinforcements na para hindi bumagsak. Happy New Year din sayo, Junjun!

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