Ta Prohm is famous and unique for the ancient trees literally growing out of the ruins which have nearly swallowing the carved stone galleries and towers with its giant roots. It is also the place where Angelina Jolie ‘Tomb Raider’ film was made and thus this place made known to the world. The conservation and restoration of Ta Prohm is a partnership project between India and Cambodia.
Ta Prohm has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. To preserve the temple and also the trees (500+ years old!), super awesome isn't it. But just removed the growing ruins which will damage/collapsed the temple.
“The tree is not damaging the structure at all. It’s actually holding the structure.”
What is in my thought is that the principle they are held to be in line with religious belief in Hinduism, i.e. to achieve the balanced of the universe, to unify the nature and temple into a single entity. I have strong feelings about the Ta Prohm temple. I felt the tranquility and so touched when seeing those giant tree roots engulfing the temple (to protect instead) and saw the tiny butterflies fluttering through the breezing air.
The photo took on June 2015, just realized that it was same angle with the images on the Postcard. Roots and temple are there, just the proper wooden walkway was laid.
Do you spot that someone is peeking out ?
Further reading :
Notes to travelers to Angkor Wat