Ta Prohm. Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodge. Février 2011.

Ta Prohm: the roots and the stone

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  Cambodia and Thailand - February 2011

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the Ta Prohmthe roots of the trees embrace the stone. I love this temple of Angkor, where you can almost think you are an explorer, discovering mysterious ruins buried in the jungle ...

When the plant marries the mineral

Ta Prohm. Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodge. Février 2011.
Ta Prohm. (Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia, February 2011)

Here, the vegetable marries the mineral. They became completely inseparable.

Over the centuries, the roots of the cheese makers and fig trees have taken possession of the place, strangling the doors and galleries in ruins, creeping into all the interstices, imitating the forms of the temple. The roots seem to have "sunk" along the stone walls.

The trees have sometimes destroyed, sometimes supported the walls. A slow and spectacular fight between nature and architecture ... The half-collapsed walls and the giant trunks create a unique, magical, a little fantastic atmosphere.

The result is beautiful.

Ta Phrom, among all the temples to visit in Angkor, is in my eyes the most moving, the most aesthetic, the most fascinating.

This is my third visit, several years apart, and each time, I get the same thought: it's really my favorite. I have always loved playing Indiana Jones ... 😁

Ta Prohm. Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodge. Février 2011.

Preserved in the state for the "picturesque"

When the Ta Prohm was rediscovered at the beginning of the 20th century, archaeologists from the Far East French School who worked on the Angkor site decided to leave the temple as is, as "Concession to the general taste for the picturesque".

Although the temple has not been restored like most other monuments in Angkor, he asked for a job: the ruins needed to be stabilized to make them accessible to visitors, while maintaining "State of apparent negligence".

Ta Prohm. Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodge. Février 2011.

Ta Prohm. Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodge. Février 2011.

Ta Prohm. Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodge. Février 2011.

Ta Prohm. Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodge. Février 2011.

Ta Prohm. Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodge. Février 2011.

Ta Prohm. Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodge. Février 2011.

Ta Prohm. Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodge. Février 2011.

Ta Prohm. Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodge. Février 2011.

A "picturesque" too laid out?

But, but ... I admit: I was a little disappointed, compared to the memory I had kept of my previous visits, in 2001 and in 2003. Because we do not walk anymore as we want, at Ta Prohm.

Wooden walkways, gates and safety cords were placed everywhere on the site. Heaps of passages are now denied access. There is also a signposted route for the visit, with small signposts.

And, how to say ... It breaks a little atmosphere "explorer" that I loved so much.

Ta Prohm. Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodge. Février 2011.

Ta Prohm. Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodge. Février 2011.

The temple remains bewitching all the same, in the early hours of the morning, when the visitors are still rare.

The light and the heat go up little by little ...

The invaders tumble to Ta Prohm

So, after a first exploration, we want to return to admire the big root of the gallery, the door entwined by the fig tree ... and here is the drama.

It's time for the invaders! 😱

Ta Prohm. Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodge. Février 2011.

Ta Prohm. Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodge. Février 2011.


I should have known that all these pretty wooden platforms, which prevent you from tripping over fallen stones, had not been installed just for me ...


  Cambodia and Thailand - February 2011

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  1. I would always have an incredible memory of Ta Prohm, dated 2000: to be alone, completely alone, completely alone among the temples and trees, and to feel to the depths of his gut all the majesty of Time, civilizations and trees that finally show that a certain "fusional harmony" is possible between culture and nature. So, it saddens me a lot to know that today, these places are full of tourists and invaders; on one side it's "normal", something so beautiful can not leave indifferent maiiiis .... But it's really sad not to be able to feel this immense momentum of majesty that I felt when I was 12 years old.

  2. Beautiful series of photos & #8230; and the last two, stupefying! I do not know how to qualify them without being derogatory to tourists; it would be "abnormal" however to reserve so much beauty to some happy few! So how? Maybe one day we will reserve for these temples the same fate as the cave of Lascaux! There will be the truths; the false! 🙁

  3. This temple is absolutely beautiful.
    On the other hand, it is true that the mass of tourist prevents a little to take advantage of the beauty of the places.
    I had the chance to visit it just before closing when there was almost nobody and there ... Shivers guaranteed!

  4. Roooooo there, it scares everyone! I feel happy to have visited it when there was almost no one because
    for once, it would have ruined the pleasure! But on the other hand, I know it would be unfair to reserve all these beauties to an elite ...
    All this crowd, it must contribute to remove the mysterious side of the place no? 🙁

  5. I add, it has a side "fishmonger" supermarket on December 24 at 9 am! "Hey, wait for your turn for the photo, no, but I was there before! And "whose turn? "Who has the number 53 ?! 🙁

  6. Of course, as platforms, they serve more advantage to photographed tourists coming from Asia.
    Are you in Siem Reap Corinne? what is your circuit? how long do you travel?
    I just saw that you looked at my blog about Koh Lanta.
    Joce (canaima)

  7. @Chris: I had the same kind of memories as you, dating from 2001 & #8230; The temple remains magnificent, nevertheless. It just feels a lot less alone! 🙄

    @Ysbilia: Will know ... A new airport is under construction. The "invaders" will be even more numerous in the years to come. I have a lot of other "amazing" pictures, which will please you ... 😆

    @Lemerou: Yes, to find a little the original atmosphere of the sites, you must come at the beginning or end of the day ... 😉

    @Nani: Yes, when groups arrive, it suddenly breaks the charm of the place ... 😡

    @David: Beng Melea, excellent suggestion ... But it will be next time!

    @Joce: I left Siem Reap ten days ago. I am now finishing my journey in Thailand (I take the plane back in a few hours), where I went through Krabi, Phi Phi, Khao Lak, to dive. I'm late in writing my posts & #8230; 8)

  8. Your prohm, Angkor War, Bayon ... These are the magnificent, but too visited, must-haves. In fact, I preferred the atmospheres of "small" temples. Those who are shunned by some of the groups by VIP bus. 💡

    Obviously, they are less spectacular, their charms are left a little more desire. But, in fact, not long. There are fewer roots to intermingle with the stone, there are fewer mysterious faces ... but, they, for the most part, give off an atmosphere of their own, which one benefits more easily. In some temples, it is because there are piles of stones as far as the eye can see under the forest, others because they are smaller seem more delicate, others it is for the sight of which one Enjoy at the top.
    For example, I really liked the atmosphere of Bakong (Roluos group). A basin surrounds it, there is a monastery inside, trees planted, colorful flowers ... People live next door. You too, did you like it, did not you?

  9. @The other girl: Quite ... The lesser known "little" temples deserve a blog post. I was planning to talk Bakong too, which I liked, yes. In future posts!