Oct. 4, 2016: Ta Prohm, Cambodia

 

The jungle has encroached on Ta Prohm creating a beauty all its own. I arrived with my fellow Exodus Travels explorers mid-day, although inside the temple, because of the massive trees shadowing it, it seems much later; almost dusk-like. Used in the filming of both “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and “Indiana Jones,” the temple is almost Disney-like in its reflection of what I always imagined the Cambodian temples would be like.

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Tree roots snake along and into the Buddhist temple walls. Many artifacts were stolen, but a keen eye reveals the most intricate of carvings, doorways and passageways. The temple is simply remarkable.

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Weaving along narrow corridors and into nearly hidden courtyards, I find visitors less gregarious; more concentrated on the surrounding beauty of a temple slowly being overtaken by the jungle. This is a destination of contemplation and awe-inspiring beauty.

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The 39 towers are connected by numerous galleries. Exploring the labyrinth is like entering another world; another dimension. Its intimacy is like no other Cambodian temple.

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Read about other Cambodian temples in Marilyn Jones's series: Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. The last part of this series will appear on Oct. 18.

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I love the way nature is reclaiming this place!  The amazing power of natural forces never ceases to amaze me and reminds me how small our human efforts are in comparison.

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"We do not take a trip, a trip takes us".  John Steinbeck, from Travels with Charlie

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