Located approximately one kilometer east of Angkor Thom and on the southern edge of the East Baray, Ta Prohm was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found, providing a photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins within a jungle surrounding.
The site was made famous by its inclusion in the original Tomb Raider (2001) movie. No matter the language spoken by the numerous guides taking their groups around, one can clearly make out “Tomb Raider” at some point before their being led to the exact spot included in the movie for an obligatory photo.
Photos taken July 2012.