Contracted Mid 12 to Early 13 century C.E, Religion buddist, King/Patron: Jayavarman VII, Style Bayon. Ta Prohm is undoubtedly the most atmospheric ruin at Angkor and should be high on the hit list of very visitor. Its appeal lies in the face that, unlike the other monument of Angkor, it has been left to be swallowed by the jungle, and look very much the most of the monuments of Angkor appeared when European explorers first stumbled upon them. Well, that’s the theory, but in fact the jungle is pegged back and only the largest trees are left in place, making it manicured rather than raw like Beng Mealea.still,a visit to Ta Prohm is a unique, other_ world experience. the temple is cloaked in dappled shadow, its crumbling towers and walls locked in the slow muscular embrace of vast root systems. If Angkor Wat, the Bayoun and other temples are testimony to the genius of the ancient Khmers, Ta Prohm reminds us equally of the awesome fecundity and power of the jungle, there is a poetic cycle to this venerable ruin, with humans first conquering nature to rapidly create, and nature once again conquering humans to slowly destroy. Built from 1186 and originally known as Rayavihara (Monastery of the king),Ta Prohm was Buddhist temple in the Angkor region where an inscription provides information about the temple’s dependents and inhabitants. The numbers quoted really are staggering, although possibly include an element of exaggeration to glorify the king. close to 80,000 people were required to maintain or attend at the temple, among them more than 2700 officials and 615 dancers, Ta Prohm is a temple of towers, close courtyards and narrow corridors. Many of the corridors are impassible, clogged with jumbles piles of delicately carved stone blocks dislodged by the roots of long decayed trees Bas-reliefs on bulging walls are carpeted by lichen, moss and creeping plants, and shrubs sprout from the roofs of monumental porches, trees, hundred of years old some supported by flying buttresses_ tower overhead, their leaves filtering the sunlight and casting a greenish pall over the whole scene. the most popular of the many strangulating root formations is that on the inside of the easternmost gopura (entrance pavilion) of the central enclosure. However, there are several other astounding growths including the famous Tomb Raider tree where Angelina Jolie picked a jasmine flower before falling through the earth into ….Pinewood Studios.it used to be possible to climb onto the damaged galleries, but this is now prohibited to protect both the temple and visitor. many of these precariously balanced stones weigh a tonne or more and would do some serious damage if they came down. Because there’s such a maze of rubble and vegetation, there are predictably some children who manage to duck the security and want to guide you through the temple. Some readers don’t like this idea, some do. Either way, the fact of the matter is that these are mostly poor kids from poor families looking for the chance to make some money. it is easy to say that it is somehow wrong and that they should be at school or doing a traditional job, but some westerner have never experienced poverty in a Cambodia sense, and the desperation it breeds. some of the kid will certainly make more money than they are parents ever kid, struggling in the rice fields. if you don’t want them to follow you around politely tell them so, but try not to be rude or aggressive, as they are only young. if you want help to fine some photo spots and the like, try and agree on a price in advance. throwing around dollar bills is not much a good idea, as it breeds expectancy and contempt.