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Angkor: Ta Prohm (Before and after)

Posted by
: Helen : (Helen is photographing in, Australia) on 10 February 2016 in Architecture.

Above: Photo taken in 2004
Below: Photo taken in the same area in 2016


The site is remarkably different to 2004 when I last visited. I recall meeting and chatting with the temple’s old Cambodian caretaker, who featured on the cover of the Lonely Planet, sweeping the leaves from the floor of the temple with his broom. He still spoke French, a product of the colonial times.


In 2004, it was easy to wander the temple and lose oneself in another world. Sadly, the challenging work in keeping this important artefact intact for future generations has resulted in the temple losing much of that raw eerie charm.


Preservation is important. I understand the earlier decisions to leave the site untouched and the reasons for the reversal.

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What an unforgettable - and evolving - experience this must be !

10 Feb 2016 6:53am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice series!
An incredible temple! ;)

10 Feb 2016 8:29am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

It does look like an amazing place to visit.

10 Feb 2016 8:49am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

good shot

10 Feb 2016 4:53pm

Robert D. Burr from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

It is unfortunate to have to walk behind barricades but preservation and safety are huge issues. It is hard to know which will have the worse effect on this site...the trees or humans.

10 Feb 2016 6:57pm

Philnz from Ngatea, New Zealand

Yes is a shame that they have to build barricades, but very understandable, when you see how some people have no respect for, history and what belongs to others.

10 Feb 2016 8:09pm

Alun from Elton, United Kingdom

wow, What an amazing place. super cool tree

10 Feb 2016 10:39pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

oh intéressante

11 Feb 2016 8:51am