Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Ta Prohm

Despite 100% humidity and the dripping of sweat in the eyes, enjoying the amazing scenery.
 SM - 77
The temples are all black, grey and dull in colour, among them sit the monks dressed in vibrant orange.
Peppermint tea bag paper
 Built from 1186 and originally known as Rajavihara (Monastery of the King), Ta Prohm was a Buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman VII. It is one of the few temples in the Angkor region where an inscription provides information about the temple’s dependents and inhabitants. Almost 80,000 people were required to maintain or attend at the temple, among them more than 2700 officials and 615 dancers.

 Ta Prohm is a temple of towers, closed courtyards and narrow corridors. Many of the corridors are impassable, clogged with jumbled piles of delicately carved stone blocks dislodged by the roots of long-decayed trees. Bas-reliefs on bulging walls are carpeted with lichen, moss and creeping plants, and shrubs sprout from the roofs of monumental porches.

 The most popular of the many strangulating root formations is that on the inside of the easternmost gopura (entrance pavilion) of the central enclosure, nicknamed the Crocodile Tree. One of the most famous spots in Ta Prohm is the so-called ‘Tomb Raider tree’, where Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft picked a jasmine flower before falling through the earth into…


  1. Should I tell you that we have had 2 lovely cool days????

  2. You look like you are enjoying yourselves, anyway!

  3. The power of the jungle reclaiming the space is awesome. Lovely smiles on the two of you, no pouty tomb raiders here.

  4. It looks like nature is competing with the builders. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Nature sure has a way of telling us that it is in charge. Amazing to see what has survived.