Ta Prohm Temple

Location: 6 kms north of Siem Reap; nearest major temple to town

Date of Construction: Early-Mid 12th cen C.E.

Religious Affiliation: Hinduism

Patron or King: Suryavarman II

Artistic/Archeo. Style: Angkor Wat

Location of Entrance: Western causeway

Duration of Visit: 2 hours – half day

Time to Visit: Sunrise; Afternoon for best light on face

Ta Prohm is the modern name of the temple at Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia, built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara. Located approximately one kilometer east of Angkor Thom and on the southern edge of the East Baray, it was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm is 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. UNESCO inscribed Ta Prohm on the World Heritage List in 1992. Today, it is one of the most visited complexes in Cambodia’s Angkor region.

The temple of Ta Prohm was used as a location in the film Tomb Raider Produced by Angelina Jolie. 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.