If you’ve once been Ankor Wat and admired the magnificence and the artistic distinctiveness of the complex, there is one more place extraordinary beyond your expectation. This is Ta Prohm Temple.
Ta Prohm is the modern name of Rajavihara Temple, an ancestor temple built in 1186 A.D to dedicate to the Mother of the King Jayavarman VII. It locates about 3 km to north east of the main Angkor Wat complex and attracts increasing tourists every year.
State of ruin is state of beauty.
The temple was abandoned and left untouched for nearly 700 years, during the time from the collapse of Khmer empire in the 15th century to the early 21st century. When first investigated by French, the temple was in a stranglehold of trees state, huge trees were blended into walls and rocks hugging the giant roots. Because of the amazement at the sight, the explorers then decided not to reconstruct but reserve it as partial ruins. As a result, the place is now well-known for its distinctive surreal beauty. People come here to see History being overtaken by Nature and gain photogenic and atmospheric experience. Read more: Cambodia holidays
From another side, the vicinity looks like a quiet-side chamber with dark corridors and open plazas. Some people may see it as a big secret, a lost city in the forest, as if it was keeping away from curiosity of human being by those giant kapok and bayan trees.
Intricate rock carving
As a part of Angkor Wat complex, here remains many traits of ancient Bayon art style, including bas-relief small sculptures and elaborately carving walls (bas-relief is a type of sculpture that has less depth to the faces and figures than they actually have, when measured proportionately). It is remarkable that those were carved in the 1100’s and up to now we can still see them, for the most part, very clearly. Many of them are well-preserved and strongly depict the glorious time of Khmer art. The detail, quality composition and execution give it a standout status in world art. Travel to Cambodia
Ta Prohm Temple is definitely a worth seeing place and deserves to be included in your must-visit list. Here you can admire the magnificence of both nature and human art.
The Indochina Voyages team