Ta Prohm , Siem Reap

Ta Prohm is the modern name of the temple at Angkor ,  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 .

Unlike most Angkorian temples , Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found and the 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 . The conservation and restoration of Ta Prohm is a partnership project of the Archaeological Survey of India and the APSARA (Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap) .

After the fall of the Khmer Empire in the 17th century , the temple of Ta Prohm was abandoned and neglected for centuries . When the effort to conserve and restore the temples of Angkor began in the early 21st century , the design of Ta Prohm is that of a typical "flat" Khmer temple , Five rectangular enclosing walls surround a central sanctuary . Like most Khmer temples , There are entrance gopuras at each of the cardinal points , although access today is now only possible from the east and west .

The trees growing out of the ruins are perhaps the most distinctive feature of Ta Prohm , n fantastic over-scale, the trunks of the silk-cotton trees soar skywards under a shadowy green canopy , their long spreading skirts trailing the ground and their endless roots coiling more like reptiles than plants .


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