Ta Prohm and the jungle takeover
Less than a mile away from Angkor Thom is Ta Prohm or ‘the tomb raider temple’ as it is more commonly known since featuring the likes of Lara Croft running through it. It was constructed in the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries as a monastery and university. It is one of the few temples that has been left as it was found thoroughly intertwined with the jungle. Other than some work to make it stable it has not been interfered with which gives a much more eerie and atmospheric feel and a real sense of age and the passing of time looking at the size of some of the trees that have grown out and over the walls.
Much of the stone work has a green layer of moss or some kind of lichen growing on it so the place has a wealth of textures and surfaces of interest. The colours to are quite beautiful if you look closely.
It is a great place to explore and let your imagination go into overdrive pretending you are Indian Jones searching for some lost treasure! Lots of corridors, corners, hidden rooms and rubble to climb over. It is quite easy to get lost. I decided to wander around on my own and got thoroughly lost one of those occasions when you keep moving and seeing the same thing and going round in the circles of a complicated labyrinth! Fortunately with a bit of logical perseverance I managed to find the exit… eventually.