Ta Prohm Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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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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Who is the temple’s main image?
The temple’s main image is ‘Prajnaparamita’ modeled after the King Jayavarman VII’s mother.
How many people lived in the Angkor complex?
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.
Is Siem Reap safe enough to travel alone?
Siem Reap is a very nice place, and it is safe to travel alone. But, it is always better to take the necessary precautions.
What does Ta Prohm mean?
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".
How big is Ta Prohm?
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.
How old are the temples in Cambodia?
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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