To photographers, Ta Phrom (also called as Ta Prohm) is the most romantic temple of Angkor's complex, where the nature resumed its rights and disrupted the work of men — the monastery built in 1186 under King Jayavarman VII to be dedicated to his mother, a cult Buddhist.
Following is the description by W. Robert Moore in his article, Angkor, Jewel of the jungle, published in National Geographic, April 1960 Issue (pp 567 & 568) when he was Chief, Foreign Editorial Staff of the magazine:
Wandering through Ta Prohm, I found it one of the most intriguing ruins of Angkor. For here, aside from clearing access paths, the conservators — French scholars who have restored Angkor — have left the structures as they first found them, overrun by jungle.
Huge, buttressed silk-cotton trees, banyans, and other forest monarchs interlace their prying roots among the temple stones and weave their branches into a thick canopy overhead. Here tiny threadlike tendrils grope for flaws or cracks in the masonry. Other tentacles are swollen into great grasping, prying arms. Massive roots coil and twist to uptilt heavy flagstones, split whole walls and corbelled arches, and bring down ornate façades.
Moss overgrows fallen stones, spreading a green fuzzy veil over softly rounded figures and smiling faces. A spider casts a web over a woman’s bare bosom. Doorway guardians stand leprous with lichen.
Yes, Ta Prohm is like a prisoner manacled and trussed by heavy ropes. Doomed for half a millennium, it refuses to surrender. It gives way only a little in one place, a little in another, as generation after generation of its assailants rise up to tighten their bonds.
There is an inscription in Ta Prohm which records precisely what the temple once was. Ta Prohm, says this fantastic record, enshrined the image of Jayavarman’s mother (portrayed as Prajnaparamita, the “perfection of wisdom”) and 260 other statues. Eighteen high priests and 2,740 ordinary priests officiated in its ceremonies, aided by 2,232 assistants, of whom 615 were women dancers. Once 12,640 persons resided within its walls, and another 66,625 men and women supplied food and other services — nearly 80,000 persons in all attached to this single monastery!
Listed also were the quantities of rice, beans, millet, butter, curds and whey, molasses, camphor, mustard, wax, pepper, oils, and other supplies used for offering at the temple. Its treasury, we are told, contained gold vessels weighing more than 11,000 pounds and nearly the same amount of silver, 35 diamonds, 40,620 pearls, 4,540 other precious stones, 967 Chinese veils, 523 parasols…
Imagine, then, the splendor of other temples which were even larger!
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banukulaksiz (157) 2005-07-29 6:48
very good composition and an interesting place..thanks for sharing Thanh!
kikvel (4784) 2005-07-29 8:41
interesting place really
it is amazing how old these ruins are
you captured it very well, it should be really nice to visit this place
just a personal thing, the frame, much better without it
but this is personal, regards;
toddadams (575) 2005-07-29 10:28
I was just in awe of Ta Prohm. It's fascinating to see how the trees are both destroying the temples while at the same time holding them together with their roots and vines intertangled among the stones.
I remember standing at this very spot and it brings back wonderful memories. Ta Prohm was by far my favorite section of Angkor Wat.
Very nice photo from an excellent perspective.
banyanman (7789) 2005-07-29 11:20
You have captured the peaceful atmosphere of Ta Prohm well here, Thanh. I agree with you about Ta Prohm being the most romantic temple in the Angkor complex. In this shot it looks like the entrance to the passageway is on the verge of collapse. Your lighting is very good in this shot. In many of my shots of Ta Prohm there is too much contrast between the heavy shade in the temple and bright sun in the open. Cheers . . . David
wishnugaruda (1305) 2005-07-29 11:32
You choosed a very good POV.
I also like Ta Prohm very much - a little bit mystic. There is such a peaceful spirit.
Sabine - wishnugaruda
NgocSon (282) 2005-07-29 19:09
When you quoted a text written since 1960, I understand that by that year my father still be a kid. I would like to say a sincere "thank-you" to both Mr. W. Robert Moore and you for transmitting the knowledge to our generation.
Most of the time, I don't feel I am qualified to critique your works. I knew my age would allow me to learn the photographic techniques, but I am not sure if I would be able to maintain such an addiction to photography and writting together like you. I don't jump into any picture to "drop" a short bravo for points-exchange. My goal is learning, and taking your path as the paragon. Please keep relaying to us what you could from your collection through the treks.
pnphan (3957) 2005-07-30 4:25
looking at you picture, I can't tell if this place is romantic or not, but I do enjoy reading your notes, because I learn so much from them
keep shoting, writing, and posting please
huynt (5079) 2005-07-30 5:50
Hi Anh Thanh
I like the ruin of this gate. Thank you for posting the great meaningful shot with the excellent note. Life is better. Kg co mot dieu gi bi quan het dau anh Thanh. I wish you a enjoy week end and a good healthy. Result negatis is pas de problem. Dr. HUY
- Copyright: Ngy Thanh (ngythanh) (8540)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-03-05
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 24-70mm L, RAW @ ISO 100
- Exposure: f/8, 1/150 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2005-07-29 5:42