Saturday, July 5, 2008

Siem Reap - Views from Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm was one of King Jayavarman VII's first major temple projects which was dedicated to his mother. Ta Prohm was originally constructed as a Buddhist monastery and was enormously wealthy in its time, controlling over 3000 villages, thousand of support staff and vast stores of jewels and gold.

Ta Prohm was intentionally left partially unrestored. While the massive fig and silk-cotton trees grow from the towers and corridors offer a "jungle atmosphere" and some of the best "tree-in-temple" photo opportunities in Angkor, massive number of tourists and recent installation of wooden walkways are distracting the "jungle atmosphere" feel.

View of Ta Prohm

Trees overpowering Ta Prohm structure

Ta Prohm falling to ruins

Forces of Nature VS Ta Prohm

How long can Ta Prohm stand?

Ruins in Ta Prohm

Trees empowering structure in Ta Prohm

Forces of Nature in Ta Prohm

Giant tree roots in Ta Prohm

One of the Entrances to Ta Prohm

India Cambodia Conservation Cooperation

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