Ta Prohm Temple

Located in the center of the Angkor Archeological Park, just about 2 kilometers to the ancient city of Angkor Thom and 3 kilometers to the Angkor Wat, the crumbling temple of Ta Prohm that was featured in the 2001 Hollywood movie Tomb Raider starred by Angelina Jolie is now one of the most visited attractions on day tours of Siam Reap.

Built by King Jayavarman VII in 1186 AD in honor of his family, the temple was originally called Rajavihara and functioned as a Royal university as well as a Buddhist monastery. This is one of the largest temple complex and monuments in the Angkor Park.

Ta Prohm

The design of Ta Prohm is typically flat and unlike the style of pyramid temple-mountain that commonly seen in the area. It consists of a series of long low buildings surrounded by rectangular laterite walls 1000 meters by 650 meters with a total land area of 65 hectares. This temple complex once a substantial town next to Angkor Thom, the capital city of the Khmer Empire, and provided home for more than 12,000 people according to a record on the stele found at the site.

Ta Prohm Temple - Cambodia

Left forgotten since the decline of the Khmer Empire from the 14th century and covered by dense tropical jungle, the once majestic architecture underwent many vicissitudes of wars, time, and natural forces over centuries until it was discovered in the early 20th century. Conservation projects have been done so far with the great effort of scientists and archeologists to prevent it from further damage and today you can have the chance to admire one of the most impressive architectures built by Khmer people. The scene of the mossy and partly ruined temple overgrown by secular trees with muscular and gigantic roots embrace stone structures is perhaps the most typical feature of Ta Prohm, making it a very photogenic spot.

Ta Prohm can be visited on Siam Reap day trip along with exploration of other sites in the geological park and often included in our Cambodia tours. A half or full-day cycling through hidden paths is also another great choice as you can enjoy Ta Prohm and the Angkor from a different perspective.

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