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Ta Prohm - Temple Ruin Location for Tomb Raider

To us, Ta Prohm was one of the best temple ruins we had seen in Cambodia. It was built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and located about one kilometre east of Angkor Thom.

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One of the reasons we loved it, was because unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm had been left 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.

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Another reason for Ta Prohm's popularity was probably due to its use as a location in the film Tomb Raider. Although the film took visual liberties with other Angkorian temples, its scenes of Ta Prohm were quite faithful to the temple's actual appearance, and made use of its eerie qualities.

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When we got to Ta Prohm, our guide show us some resin from a tree. I can't remember what it was for unfortunately.

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Although largely unrestored, one of our first sights of Ta Prohm included a scene where some restoration work was taking place.

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It must have been lucky to touch this head - look how shiny it is from what must be years of palm polishing.

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Linh stands inside a tower where thumping your chest causes the sound to amplify in the chamber.

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Information about Ta Prohm via Wikipedia.


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