Ta Prohm, Angkor, Siem Reap

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Ta Prohm, Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia was built in the lat 12th Century. It is the most romantic Angkor Temple.

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  • Hello
    I don't know if this the more romantic temple, of course it is interesting to visit for the mix with the trees
    To me the more romantic is from far Angkor Wat
    greetings

    Maria
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  • Hi Michaela Sanda. Thanks for your comments. I do not understand what 'note page' is. Also, I am not aware of the way to setup 'a list for sending'. Are they on Facebook. Jerry
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  • Jerry, you have wonderful comments for your friends! Please, can you also put it on notes page? So we dont lost!
    Can you include me in your list for sanding?
    (And excuse my poor english?)
    Thank you Jerry, for ALL your works!
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  • Thanks Michaela. I viewed your New Mexico paintings slideshow. It is very colourful.
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  • Thanks for your comments, much appreciated. I wrote the followings on the email about the slideshow send to friends.
    It has also been a fascination by many as why such beautiful and brilliant civilization have been so easily forgotten and left only a few clues of its mighty empire behind.
    After over a hundred years of researches and archaeological digs, we can finally sketched a story of the life once existed in the Khmer Empire. Now not only we have the hard material evidence provided by the archaeological finds, we also have the first hand documentary record of a Chinese diplomat, Zhou Daguan who travelled to Angkor (today’s Siem Reap) in August 1296 and remained at the court of the Khmer king Indravarman for a year until 1297. On his return to China he wrote a report of ‘the Customs and Life in Khmer Empire’ to the Chinese Emperor. Today it is one of the most valuable source of information on the ‘soft’ history of Khmer.
    In a passage in the report, Zhou Daguan told the story of the Khmer king’s nightly visit to Golden Temple Mountain (Baphoun Temple) to make love to a serpent woman in order to keep peace in his land. He spoke of the customs and the habit of the Khmer people too.
    These kinds of historical records just add flesh to the bone of history.
    In this picture album is a collection of photos on the most romantic of the Angkor temples, called Ta Prohm. The Archaeologists have left pretty much the ruins as were found, so we can appreciate its beauty. In its hay days Ta Prohm required some 100,000 persons to support and to maintain. There are over one thousand temples of various sizes in Angkor. So some archaeologists think that there were as many as one million people who once lived in the great city of Angkor.
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Ta Prohm, Angkor, Siem Reap

  1. 1. Ta Prohm The most romantic Angkor temple Siem Reap, CambodiaAll rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners.Available free for non-commercial and personal use. Version 1.0 7 Jan 2012. Jerry Tse. London.
  2. 2. The temple was built in 1186, by the Buddhist king Jayavarman VII. Eastern gopura (East Gate)
  3. 3. Archaeologists had left the temple in a state mostly as it was they have found it.
  4. 4. A popular motif of the Khmer architecture is the bas-relief of the celestial dancing maiden, the apsaras.
  5. 5. The temple buildings remain smothered by the roots of giant trees preserving the appearance as they were found.
  6. 6. According to stele records, the temple was home to more than 12,500 people (including high priests and over 600dancers). In addition a further 80,000 of the surrounding area worked to service and to supply the temple.
  7. 7. The multiple headed serpent, the Naga in Hindu and Buddhist mythology was a popular motif in Khmer Architecture.
  8. 8. Unlike Angkor Wat which was built on a „Temple Mountain‟ style, Ta Prohm was a built on a „flat‟ Khmer style.
  9. 9. Blind windows and door s frequently open to the east only, Khmer architecture, to maintain the appearance blind doorsand blind windows (or false window) were used.
  10. 10. The Tomb Raider tree orthe Silk Cotton tree.
  11. 11. The Tomb Raider tree or the Silk Cotton tree.
  12. 12. This the interior of the Sanctuary Tower, the most important building in a temple. The holes were used to hold colouredstones or semi-precious stones for decoration.
  13. 13. The exterior of the Sanctuary Tower.
  14. 14. The temple was dedicated to the goddess of „The Perfection of Wisdom‟ and in honour to the king‟s mother, hismother was used to personify the goddess.
  15. 15. The Waterfall tree
  16. 16. Most temple had gallery, which was used as passageway and importantly to enclose a series of concentric spaces.
  17. 17. Temples built in the later period often used the technique of sandstone for the outside and laterite for the inside.
  18. 18. The disappearance of a brilliant civilisation. Several reasons for the disappearance of the Khmer Empire was suggested. The The Khmer Empire was defeated and subjugated by the Siamese army of Ayutthays. The “Black Death” from China around 1330. End A recent evidence suggests the deterioration of the waterworks, on which the prosperity of the empire depended on. Starting in the 1300s, it appears SE Asia experienced climatic upheaval, called the Little Ice Age, as in Europe. Here is the reason given by the Bernard- Philippe Groslier, the last French curator of Angkor. „The country was milked dry for the sole benefit of the king.‟ … Khmer was doomed because they were incapable of evolving a philosophy of man and his destiny.‟ …. „In Khmer there was no society, nothing but an undefined juxtaposition of elementary and undifferentiated cells‟.All rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Available Music – Secret Gardens, Poemefree for non-commercial and personal use.

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