Ta Prohm

The jungle temple

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It is an eerie experience to walk among ancient Angkor ruins strangled by hungry tree roots and thick grey tentacles growing out of the jungle floor.  Ta Prohm is a complex of spires, walls, halls, vaults and rooms now sleeping and silent.

Built in the late 12 and early 13th centuries, records suggest 79,365 people were employed to maintain the temple labyrinth including 18great priests, 2,740 officials, 2,202 assistants and 615 dancers.

Among the property belonging to the temple was a set of golden dishes weighing more than 500 kilograms, and encrusted with 35 diamonds, 40,620 pearls, 4,540 precious stones demonstrating the importance of Ta Prohm in Khmer history.

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Prasat Bakong, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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