Tetramelaceae Tree Roots Angkor Wat

January 29, 2013 by  

Tetramelaceae Tree Roots Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm is the Buddhist Monastery, where the king and the people had adored. It was built at the end of the 12th century (1186) in the reign of the King Jayavarman VII and dedicated to his Royal mother Prajnaparamita. Her statue was placed in the central tower of Ta Prohm.

The temple contains 260 statues of Buddha. On the west gate of Ta Prohm there are carvings of Garuda in the same style like on the temple of Preah Khan and Banteay Kdey. In that time in Ta Prohm lived 18 chief monks and more than 2000 congregation and 600 dancing girls in this temple.

Tetramelaceae Tree Roots Angkor Wat

Tetramelaceae trees show the power of nature
It is the only temple, which is not restored. Ta Prohm have been left to the power of nature by the french archaeologists, who discovered the forgotten temple in the Angkor area. Because of this, Ta Prohm is one of the most interesting temple for tourists. During about 600 years, the Tetramelaceae trees have grown all over the temple and show the awesome power of nature.

Tetramelaceae belong to the order of Cucurbitales. Lots of people cannot believe, because they are used to know cucurbits as a fruit mostly round like a ball, sized small or really big. But not as a tree.

However, those trees look like unbelievable for most of the visitors. We endorse to visit Ta Prohm very early in the morning or in the afternoon. Otherwise, you will be surrounded by a crowd of people.

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