Ta Prohm, built in the 12th century as a Buddhist temple under Jayavarman VII, is one of my other favorites at Angkor Wat. I never tire of visiting and walking through this ancient museum. Clearly, the buildings that are entwined with the large sponge trees are the highlight. I love visiting either early in the morning or late in the day when the crowds are at a minimum and the temple comes alive as the sunlight filters through the surrounding forest of trees.
If you like this photo tour, take a look at our post about the ancient city of Angkor Thom.
Approaching the entrance to Ta Prohm in the late afternoon
Approaching the crumbling entrance of Ta Prohm – aka the jungle temple
Buildings engulfed by large sponge trees is what Ta Prohm is known for. And the late afternoon is a great time to photograph this west facing building.
A closer look at this tree and temple ruin that are entwined together
The crowds thin out late in the day making a walk through Ta Prohm a quiet and memorable experience
My Travel Op’s John standing next to one of the temple ruins that’s fully engulfed by one of the sponge trees
The late afternoon is an ideal time to walk through Ta Prohm when the crowds dwindle and the sunlight filters through the trees
A stone face peeks through a hole in the tree (just to the right of the door)
A close-up of the stone face peeking through the hole in the tree
The “Tomb Raider” section seems to come to life in the late afternoon sun
John is standing in front of the doorway filmed in the movie Tomb Raider – one of the most popular photo ops at Angkor Wat
Many Buddhist-built temples were turned into Hindu temples by removing the Buddha symbols as seen in this photo
Another great photo op at Ta Prohm
Ta Prohm in the early morning light
The stegosaurus looking animal is one of the most talked about figures at Ta Prohm
One of my favorite sections of Ta Prohm – this time in the early morning light
Whether it’s early morning or late afternoon (as shown here), this section of Ta Prohm is a great photo op
A solo traveler walks through Ta Prohm late in the day
Ta Prohm in the late afternoon sun