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The Eerie Magnificence Of Ta Prohm

Angkorwat-bigAs you gaze transfixed at these temples one cannot help but wonder if they are the work of man or of nature. The synthesis of man-made with nature has achieved such a harmony that it is difficult to discern where one begins and the other ends. Mortar and tree intertwined together are like two young lovers afraid to untangle from each other’s arms.

And yet the sense of the ancient prevails and creeps up on you even as you think about beauty and love. These temples were built in the 12th Century by King Jayavarman VII as a Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike the other temples in the Angkor Wat complex the Ta Prohm temples have been left seemingly unrestored by the government. However, they are given more care than the other temples to keep them in the perfect harmony that they have reached with the nature around them.

Just by themselves the words Angkor Wat have the power to raise a sense of mystery and fascination in any mind that has heard of them. Of course Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft also did more than her share to magnify the mystery associated with the temples.

Are you going to sit at home and just wonder at this magnificence or do you dare follow in Lady Croft’s footsteps?