Ta Prohm and other Angkor temples
Ta Prohm is the modern name of a temple at Angkor, built in the Bayonstyle largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. Located approximately one kilometre east of Angkor Thom and on the southern edge of the East Baray, it 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: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins - perhaps the most distinctive feature - have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors.
Ta Prohm has not many narrative bas-reliefs (compared to Angkor Wat or Angkor Thom). One badly eroded bas-relief illustrates the "Great Departure" of Siddhartha, the future Buddha, from his father's palace.
The temple was used as a location in the film Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie. Its scenes of Ta Prohm were quite faithful to the temple's actual appearance, and made use of its eerie qualities.
The group of Rolous Temples, named after a nearby town, lies about 15 km from Siem Reap. The temple ruins look in comparison to Angkor Wat a bit small and neglected but they are in fact the remains of the first capital of the Angkor Imperium and that is why they are definitely worth visiting.
The name is often translated as “ladies temple“. Numerous reliefs delicately carved into beautiful pink sandstone belong to the most significant examples of Angkor art. The temple lies about 35 km from Siem Reap close to the Koulen Mountains and its National Park.
Angkor Archaeological Park, covering 400km2, is one of the most important archaeological sites in South East Asia and includes the spectacular remains of Khmer Imperium from 9th to 15th century. UNESCO inscribed Angkor Archaeological Park on the World Heritage List in 1992.