Ta Prohm Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Unconquerable capital of the Kingdom of Trees
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Ta Prohm Temple (Cambodia)
The ancient temple of Ta Prohm in Siem Reap built by the Khmer king Jayavarman VII in the early 13th century is built in Bayon style of architecture. The Ta Prohm temple was built to serve as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and University and is one of the most visited sites in the Angkor complex. The overgrown trees have become one with the foundations of the temple giving it a very picturesque look. The temple is the subject of the partnership project between an archaeological survey of India and APSARA to preserve and restore the Ta Prohm temple. These authorities have done extensive work to preserve the temple in the same condition it was found in and undertake systematic restoration.
History of Ta Prohm Temple
Ta Prohm Temple in Siem Reap was abandoned after the fall of the Khmer empire, and this ‘flat’ temple has been in existence that made its own place in the whole complex. Through centuries of facing neglect, the temple has itself become a part of the jungle, and yet, has not completely merged in the jungle. The plants and trees have claimed and become part of the majority of the structures, and this adds to the appeal of the temple. After the temple was rediscovered, it was decided to leave the temple as it is due to the picturesque setting and not knowing what effects shall removing the trees have on the structure of the temple itself. Ta Prohm was left in very much the same state it was discovered due to an extensive tree and plantation growth in the temple structures giving it a natural feel of being one with nature itself.
Given the world heritage status in 1992, the temple is also the site for the filming of the famous Tomb Raider movie and the overgrown trees have been an enticing attraction to the tourists because of the photogenic nature of this temple.
Architecture of Ta Prohm temple
Ta Prohm Temple does not have an architecture of its own. Ever since the fall of theKhmer Empire in the 15th century, Ta Prohm was left at nature’s grace. In the 21st century, restoration work was started for its temples. The entire restoration process was supervised by the French experts. However, these experts decided that it is best to leave this masterpiece to nature.
In recent years, extensive conservation work has taken place. The alleyways are now equipped with wooden pavements and handrails.
Significance of Ta Prohm Temple
Ta Prohm Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia was built in the year 1186. It was earlier known as Rajavihara which translates to Monastery of the King. A Buddhist temple, Ta Prohm was dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman VII. Ta Prohm Temple is very significant because it is one of the few temples in the region of Angkor Wat where you will find all the information about the temple’s inhabitants and descendants given on an inscription. It is believed that nearly 80,000 people were originally required to take care or attend at the temple.
Facts About Ta Prohm Temple
Ta Prohm Temple was originally known as the Rajavihar right after its construction in the year 1186. However, the name was changed later.
Ta Prohm temple holds a prominent place in Hollywood. A scene starring the celebrated Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie in the famous “Tomb Raider” was shot here.
Although the temple was built by the end of the 12th century, it was discovered as late as the 20th century.
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Debajit's 7 days trip to Siem ReapHad an awesome trip...Thanks to Lvp Travel Coltd for making my trip to Vietnam such memorable.
Sunipa's 4 days trip to Siem ReapWe had an awesome time in Cambodia with Travel Triangle and the sokhortey travel and tours Co Ltd. Mr. Vilai (the person in charge ) helped us a lot during our stay at Cambodia. Our Driver and specially our tour guide Mr. Corn are superb!!! We enjoyed a lot!! And also I wanted to thank Shubham ,the Co ordinator of our trip. Big thank you to the team you guys make our travel memorable. Thank you!!! Angkor Wat indeed!! The whole stay at Siem Reap.. I absolutely loved that place.
Yashodhan's 11 days trip to Siem ReapThe trip was very well organised. There were a few hiccups though. The Da Nang Red-Shanked Doucs monkey trip was a shambles. The jeeps made such a noise that the monkeys must have fled deep inside on hearing the sound! I had lugged my 100-400 telephoto all the way to be able to take a shot of these monkeys. The person conducting the trip was in a hurry of completing the trip. Apart from this deep disappointment, the rest of the trip was well executed. We needed a change of guides in Siam Reap which was done immediately. The Halong Bay cruise was supposed to be a 5* cruise but we did not experience it that way. The vehicles picked us on time and the crew appeared to put in extra effort to make us comfortable. All in all a good trip save for the couple of hiccups I mentioned. I would definitely travel again with Eric if he fixes these few lacunae.
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Manvir's 8 days trip to Siem ReapHa long Bay cruise could have been better as the images shared and the cruise booked was a completely different one.Food was not that great with limited options when one has to stay for 2 nights as they serve same menu for the next night also,even after repeatedly telling to serve something different. Breakfast too was not that good. Next Ba Nah Hills trip could have been better as time spent there was too less to walk around the place. Time given was completely different from the itinerary provided. Definitely the 2 good locations of north Vietnam which are worth spending time and should be planned well.
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Lyeana's 6 days trip to Siem ReapThank you Hannah & Shubham for all the planning that went into this trip. Both were very prompt with messages and calls.. The drivers on the trip were very punctual always came in 15 mins before the given time which was really good as we didnt have to wait or call anyone. The package itself was very good. We changed it so many times but both Hannah and Shubham were very patient. All in all we had a very good trip. So thank you!
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Jaydeep's 2 days trip to Siem ReapIt was an awesome experience! All arrangements were as per itinerary promised. All pickups and activities were on dot time as mentioned. Henry, travel associate from S VIet was in constant touch and always available for any additional information or help. We were in good hands and good care was taken. Must say impressed and delighted with flawless planning. 10 on 10 for activities and accommodation, travel arrangements. I strongly recommend, if you are travelling Vietnam it has to be Travel Traingle and S VIet (Now Realistic Asia). I will definitely give first preference for my future holidays.
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FAQ's of Siem Reap
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The temple’s main image is ‘Prajnaparamita’ modeled after the King Jayavarman VII’s mother.
The temple’s stele contains the record of the population in the complex and the surrounding villages. The site had 12500 inhabitants, and the villages had about 80,000.
Siem Reap is a very nice place, and it is safe to travel alone. But, it is always better to take the necessary precautions.
Ta Prohm Temple in Siem Reap was originally known as Rajavihara which means monastery of the king. However, in the present time, it is known as Ta Prohm which translates to “ancestor Brahma".
Ta Prohm Temple is built in the traditional Khmer structure style which consists of an array of smaller enclosure. The largest enclosure is of the size 1000 by 650 meters. Ta Prohm Temple is actually built at the height of the Khmer Empire.
Most of the temples in Cambodia are as old as 900 years. Although these temples are ancient, they hold a significant place in the history of the country and serve as an integral part of its tourism.
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