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In our latest travel video we explore Ta Prohm Temple (Khmer: ប្រាសាទតាព្រហ្ម) – made famous internationally by its appearance in Tomb Raider staring Angelina Jolie – in Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. This temple is well regarded for its losing battle with nature, as trees have literally overtook many of the walls. With more distinct ruins and piles of blocks than other temples it certainly has an eerie aura.
Samuel visited Ta Prohm back in 2008 when hardly any tourists were exploring the area; however, these days are long gone and have since been replaced by package tourist buses and crowds mainly from China and Korea. One can’t help but notice the noise pollution levels which really take over and prevent one from having a solitary experience. Although this can be frustrating we personally decided to use the crowds as a backdrop for filming time lapses. Overall, the temple is fascinating and if you can find a way to beat the crowds it’s well worth taking an extended period of time to explore.
We are now visiting Ta Prohm, which is a Buddhist temple where the jungle just dominates the architecture. Here the buildings are wrapped in trees and some of the entrances are blocked.
Indiana Jones would feel right at home here at this temple. In fact, it was used for the set of Tomb Raider staring Angelina Joli.
It is decaying and it is crumbling but it is a great place to explore.
This is an example of nature taking over the temple. Here you have this massive tree that is just straddling the wall really.
Some parts of the temple have been completely destroyed over the centuries, which actually creates quite a fascinating atmosphere.
I first visited Ta Prohm back in 2008 and ‘wow’ was it an entirely different experience. There was hardly anyone. I was able to walk around without encountering mass crowds. It is completely different this time and instead of sort of lamenting about it and just getting really negative about it – what I’ve actually been doing is just taking a lot of time-lapse shots. I’m using the crowds and the people as sort of a backdrop for filming. That is what I’m going to do throughout this entire time that I’m here exploring the Temples of Angkor.
A much quieter alternative, once you’ve explored the temple, is to actually just walk around the perimeter. It is quite peaceful here.