Friday, February 5, 2010

Tomb Raider - Cambodia PART IV

Ta Prhom temple

According to Mr Bun (our guide), after Thai captured Angkor in the 15th century, the Cambodians retreated south. Angkor lay abandoned until the French 'rediscovered' it in the 19th century. By this time, the jungle had infiltrated many of Angkor's temples with enormous trees that can still be seen today.

Showing of my pass to the ticket inspector.

Mr. Ticket Inspector: How come you look so different in this photo?
Me : What? Are trying to tell me that i look "fat" in that photo?

Mr. Ticket Inspector: No. You look prettier in here.
Me : $%&!

Mr. Bun : Follow me guys. Don't get lost in the jungle, ya.
Me : How on earth can we get lost here? This path-way is going to lead us to the
temple, right? So funny of him. LOL

Ta Prhom temple is currently restored by the Indian government. Nevertheless, much work has been done to stabilize the ruins, to permit access, and to maintain its structure.

The temple of Ta Prohm was used as a location in the film Tomb Raider- Lara Croft.

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.

Trunks of trees twist between stone pillars.
Roots of a Spung tree running along the gallery.

How i know the roots belong to a tree called Spung?

From this plate. It's spelled "SPUNG" not SPANK or PUNK.

Excited me holding the plate.

The trees spread their gigantic roots over the temple . To me, it looks like the temple has been swallowed by a huge octopus.

This is what i call "Roots of Loves". We're indeed in love!

A very hug-able root(s).

Huge root I've ever seen!! As huge as a bolster, it's even bigger.

From this view, you can see how tremendous the size of the root.

Teerak : Push harder Narak! The tree is going to fall down!
Me : We take picture first Teerak, then we push it. Smile!!

The dense jungle within the temple of Ta Prhom is eerie and romantic all at once.

The shy Apsara dancer smiles while hiding behind the twisted roots.

The unique features of the tree intertwined into the temple are quite symbolic and this make Ta Prhom my favourite temple to visit in Siem Reap. I love nature and that explains why I love Ta Phrom. PEACE


kenwooi said...

really huge.. haha.. im imagining it moving and catching humans! =P

Nic Da Nic said...

OMG.... how come it is so so so big

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