Unlike other parts of the UNESCO World Heritage site, Ta Prohm has been left in the condition it was found after centuries of neglect. The evocative sight of silk-cotton, strangler fig, and golden apple trees growing out of the ruins has inspired countless artists, and has made big-screen appearances, including Tomb Raider. Ta Prohm served a community of more than 12,000 with a staff of 18 priests and 615 dancers (according to the temple’s records, carved into a stele). Arrange your schedule so that you can visit this popular site early in the day, when the ghosts from the temple’s past may outnumber the current-day visitors.
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