November 28, 2008

The TreeTemple (Ta Prohm)

-A massive tree engulfing a temple wall.-

One of the most iconic temples in the Angkor area, Ta Prohm, is widely known for its dilapidated state. Left in ruins, the temple boasts monstrous trees which are slowly overrunning the now unsound structure. Although a famous site for photographers, it is more recently known as the host site for a very famous movie, Tomb Raider.

-The roof of the temple is crumbling under the weight of this giant.-

Built in 1186 A.D. this temple was constructed to pay homage to the kings family. It is recorded that at it's peak, the city Ta Prohm (also known as 'Royal City') was home to 12,500 people with 80,000 villagers living just outside it's walls. Ta Prohm was known to have incredible wealth in the form of gold, pearls and silk.

"One of the most imposing temples and the one which had best merged with the jungle, but not yet to the point of becoming a part of it."
(Maurice Glaize, Angkor Scholor)

For more information: Ta Prohm

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