Ta Phrohm Place guide


Siem Reap

Ta Phrohm

Ta Prohm: Where the Roots of Nature Cling to the Past


Cambodia is known for marvelous and grand temples that have depicted the times of old. Although these structures do share identical design features, Ta Prohm (a.k.a Prasat Ta Prohm) offers a different kind of temple exploration because not only are visitors treated with the beauty of Khmer’s architectural grandeur, but because of the test of time Mother Nature has placed her hand upon this structure as well.

Built in the late 12th and early 13th century, and founded by King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university, Ta Prohm has been left in the same condition in which it was found. Because of the absence of the human touch, it was able to create a photogenic atmosphere and has created a bond between nature and architecture. There are numerous spots wherein structures are bursting with trees that reach to the skies and bury their roots deep within the stones; and it is because of this natural wonder, a lot of visitors has taken a liking to photograph this mystical marvel. The walls surrounding Ta Prohm is riddled with images of figures in intense meditation, and since it is not as large as its neighboring temples, this destination can be easily taken in within a day.

Ta Prohm is located in the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap. It shares the space with other famous landmarks, such as Angkor Wat so it is wise to take a tuk-tuk along to make the travel time faster. Trip Guru would suggest that in order to fully enjoy your stay in Cambodia, you must prepare yourself with all the walking you will do, and visit the complex for more than just one day. Also, to avoid the crowds, come during its opening hours at 5:00AM so that you can enjoy the cool air and the first morning rays of sunrise.

To get to the archaeological park from Siem Reap, visitors must traverse NR6 in a private vehicle. After driving for 150m, take a right turn and then continue for 2.5km before turning left. Continue on for 359km and until you see the park at your left side. Passes can be used to visit all temples and it costs around $20 (1 day), $40 (3 days), and $60 (7 days). The park is open from 5:00AM-6:00PM.

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