Never anger Mother Nature for the forces of nature knows no bounds. This is my favourite temple because you see the power of Mother Nature in the truest form. This area probably used to be filled with trees, but they decided to erect a temple here. And now the nature is taking everything back.
Ta Prohm was the last temple we visited before heading back. It was gorgeous because it was unlike any temple. In fact, the previous temples were rather similar, and this one really woke us up. Upon reaching, the whole area is surrounded with trees. It’s interesting because the trees were HUGE and were suppressing the existing architecture.
Ta Prohm Entrance
So this is what the entrance look like. With a white horse and carriage, I can imagine my princess moment here. It felt like a royal secluded castle with lots of beautiful trees at the entrance. The temple looks grand too. However, further exploration reveals otherwise. Princess Lisa probably wouldn’t want to stay there anymore.
Massive Trees in Ta Prohm
I have no idea how long is this place abandoned for. But look at the “Lisa for Scale” measurements. Heck, the roots are even taller than me! These used to be walls and boundaries and look how nature is taking everything back. The high walls no longer became a barrier for the trees to grow. In fact, the trees used its roots or trunk to crush the buildings. It’s just amazing to understand how nature works. When they want something, they work for it long and hard and destroy it completely. There are many works going on to restore Ta Prohm Wat to its usual glory, but I actually do enjoy seeing Mother Nature destroying everything in its way.
You may think it’s all fun and play, but both of us were really climbing up and down. Going over roots, climbing some lower parts of the trees and getting lost in the woods behind, just in case we manage to find some Khmer treasure :p
One of the most majestic trees! “Lisa for scale” measurement doesn’t even work anymore! The thing to note is not how big the tree is, but how crazy the roots are. We traced the roots and it is intertwined with all the bits and pieces of fallen stones, going through the empty spaces of the walls and surviving no matter what. It’s scary.
More Tres in Ta Prohm
This second tree was really huge. The camera can’t even fit it. This tree had roots taller than Vale. And when we looked above, there was actually a bee’s or hornet’s nest above. So we didn’t take much pictures there. Life > pictures.
Look at how the tree is consuming the temple! This temple had lots of fallen pieces. Who would have thought that plants thrived in such environment.
Famous Picture Spot
This is the most popular tree to take a picture with. Somehow everyone just takes a picture there. There was even a queue of tourists!
This is the spot. The tree is gorgeous as it emerge from the ruins of the temple.
Hey, always a picture at famous landmarks. Ta Prohm is a PROHMience spot and you HAVE TO GO there when you’re in Siem Reap/ Angkor Wat/ Cambodia!
Pictures are taken by Vale.