“When you see the Temples of Siem Reap – everyone has their favorite – but for me, this temple took my breath away.”
This temple is a photographer’s dream and was used in the movie Lara Croft Tomb Raider along with Bayon Temple.
Known as the “Tree Temple” certainly living up to its name as old, knotted trees entwine themselves around the temple bricks in a display of magnificent beauty.
Ta Prohm was built in 1186 by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Buddhist monastery and university, where devotees could study their faith. But due to the conflict in Cambodia’s history with surrounding countries, the temple was left abandoned then became swallowed up by the expansive jungle.
Discovered again by Henri Marchal in 1920, Ta Prohm has been purposely left in much of the same condition it was found, except for some basic clearing work. One can only imagine the impressive sites these explorer came across, when discovering the ancient monuments left by this great Khmer civilization.
A Sanskrit inscriptions was discovered on one of the stones that contains some amazing information, which includes a list of all items used for religious ceremonies.
It also tells that 18 priests were in service to maintain the temple, there were 102 hospitals spread over the Khmer empire and listed property belonging to the shrine. This included 500 kilograms of gold, 35 diamonds, 40,620 pearls, 4,500 precious stones and even goods that were received from China.
Sadly Ta Prohm has been looted in its ravaged past – and we will probably never really know what these temple walls have seen throughout the remnants of faded time – but it is a truly impressive temple to see and has been included in our list of 10 Best Temples in Siem Reap.
To visit any of the temples in Siem Reap, you must purchase a Temple Ticket – to gain key information on how to purchase your pass. You may like to read our article Purchasing Temple Temple Tickets; or if you have never visited Siem Reap before Handy Information For First Timers.