Picture of the Day: Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia
On a recent trip to Cambodia, I had the privilege of spending two days exploring the incredible temples of Angkor. While the endless throngs of visitors may be a turnoff for some, the beauty of these centuries-old temples cannot be overshadowed. One of the most well-known temples is Ta Prohm which is famous for the large trees that have grown over, through and around it. Wikipedia adds:
Ta Prohm is the modern name of the temple at Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara. Located approximately one kilometre east of Angkor Thom and on the southern edge of the East Baray, it was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university.
Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor’s most popular temples with visitors. UNESCO inscribed Ta Prohm on the World Heritage List in 1992. Today, it is one of the most visited complexes in Cambodia’s Angkor region.