It was in 2013 when I got to see Ta Prohm. As part of the Angkor Wat Small Circuit tour, I think this is the second temple you will visit right after the Angkor Wat.
Originally, it didn’t look a lot different from the other temples. It’s also a little smaller compared to the bigger ones like the Angkor Wat and Bayon temple. It’s also interesting to know that there were only a few historic details about Ta Prohm, and it was only after trees started to grow within its ruins that it became famous. Thus, it became one of the locations for Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider movie. If you remember the game Temple Run, some of the graphics from that popular mobile phone game were also inspired by Ta Prohm.
When we went there, we actually got stuck inside one of the structures because of a heavy downpour. None of us brought an umbrella, so we stayed for about 20 minutes inside – almost like playing a game of not being soaked because every drop of the rain trickled down the many holes of the temple. I guess it was a little fun too.
At the time that we visited, there was also an ongoing effort to restore the temple. I would think that by this time, it would already be finished and the whole grounds of Ta Prohm would look better. I just hope they also retained all the growing trees around the area – they give the place a unique character and charm.
Ta Prohm seems to be everyone’s favorite temple in Siem Reap. I think it’s my favorite, too – only because it’s so unique and memorable. I hope it would remain like that for a long time.
Have you visited Siem Reap? Watch out for this temple when you do.