Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Lost in the Jungle

After the fall of the Khmer empire in the 15th century, the temples of Angkor were abandoned and neglected for centuries. As time past, the surrounding forest moved in. When efforts to conserve and restore the temples finally began in the early 20th century, many of the temples were in a full jungle stranglehold. For most of these temples, the overgrowth has now been removed.  One temple, however, was left largely as it had been found, with trees growing out of the temple's roofs and their roots and vines wrapped around doorways and columns. Check out the pictures of Ta Prohm to see a temple that is truly, lost in the jungle!

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