Through the Ruins and Trees of Ta Prohm
So excited this week to bring you another instalment from the time I spent last year in Cambodia. Today I will share my experience of visiting what turned out to be my favourite temple, Ta Prohm.
On arriving at the “compound” you may at first feel a little deflated as all you see is a large open space and an archway – no temple in sight! Walk through the archway and enjoy the peaceful walk down the dirt path, lined with scrub and trees, and all of a sudden the scrub opens up and you get a real ahhh moment as you first glimpse the ruins of Ta Prohm.
The first thing that hit me was how beautiful the combination is of nature trying to take back the temple that is Ta Prohm.
If you squat down at the entrance, before going too far, you get a real appreciation of the battle going on between the temple, Ta Prohm, and nature, there is a green “carpet” of moss that has overtaken the rock floor and the magnificent trees are growing straight out of the middle, it is truly breathtaking.
It amazed me just how the tree’s wind, entwine and climb their way through the stone and create such interesting and stunning pieces of natural art.
As I walked down one of the corridors I took some time to stand still and watch the way the light was falling in different places creating such amazing patterns on the stone work. As I wandered further I came across a sculpture and offerings to the spirits, this cemented for me just where I am and how spiritual this place is.
After exploring some of the many alleyways and corridors, I wound up in a large open area. Here I stood in the far back corner and waited with our guide, just long enough to capture the scene without any human elements. I felt a true sense of being ‘connected’ spiritually to this place and words can’t adequately describe how I was affected by Ta Prohm.
Allow yourself plenty of time to wander around the many paths and tunnels within Ta Prohm. You will notice the areas of rubble that have been abandoned long ago and you will see the current extensive restoration work that is underway which will ensure Ta Prohm is restored to its magnificent “old” self.
As I finish out this blog I can’t forget to mention “The Famous Tree”. The Tree which featured in the movie Tomb Raider. Yes, it is more stunning in real life than on film and well worth a trip to Ta Prohm, just for this purpose. I know I will be returning to it soon.
Until next Friday, enjoy your week.