Ta Prohm is a temple, that was home to more than 12,500 people (including 18 high priests and 615 dancers), with an additional 80,000 inhabitants in the surrounding villages working to provide services and supplies.
After the fall of the Khmer Empire in the 15th century, the temple of Ta Prohm was abandoned and neglected for centuries.
The trees growing out of the ruins are perhaps the most distinctive feature of Ta Prohm. The trees are silk-cotton tree the strangler fig. The trunks of the silk-cotton trees soar skywards, their long spreading skirts trailing the ground and their endless roots coiling more like reptiles than plants.
Ta Prohm was the location of the movie Tomb Raider.