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Ta Prohm temple at Angkor, Cambodia

Construction of this Buddhist temple in the Siem Reap Province of Cambodia began in 1186. When the Khmer Empire collapsed in the 15th century, Ta Prohm, and many other stone temples like it, were left standing, but neglected. In the late 20th century, restoration organizations opted to leave Ta Prohm as is, clearing a bit of jungle brush away, but leaving the massive tetrameles trees in place, as their roots and trunks gradually work into the stonework of the temple. The preserved ruin is a major tourist attraction in Angkor, Cambodia.

Ta Prohm is the modern name of the temple at Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, 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 as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm is in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and 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‚Äôs Angkor region. The conservation and restoration of Ta Prohm is a partnership project of the Archaeological Survey of India and the APSARA.
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Spung on a temple in Ta Prohm