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Ta Prohm was built at the height of the Khmer Empire as a Buddhist monastery and center of learning. Once abandoned, silk-cotton and strangler fig trees took root in the loosened stones of the temple, which was built entirely without mortar. Roots wound through the structure, merging nature with architecture.

The temple was only rediscovered in the last century. As it was being excavated and restored, archaeologists made sure that the giant tree roots enveloping Ta Prohm would not further deteriorate the structure or make it dangerous to visit. Today, although Ta Prohm may look like nature unfettered, the appearance of neglect is actually fastidiously maintained.

Visits to this temple soared following the release of the Angelina Jolie film, Laura Croft - Tomb Raider which featured scenes shot on site.

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