One of the most famous temples in angkor, the ta prohm is known for the huge trees and the massive roots growing out of its walls. the jungle temple also featured in the adventure movie “the tomb raider” with angelina jolie. several shots were filmed in the ta prohm.
Angkor’s most impressive and best known temple, angkor wat is the best preserved of all the angkor monuments. the temple is an object of pride for cambodia, its depiction appears on the national flag. angkor wat was the state temple of king suryavarman ii, who built the temple during the first half of the 12th century. he was one of angkor’s greatest kings who ruled for almost 40 years and expanded the khmer empire. some historians believe that the temple also served as a funerary temple for the king. it is a mountain temple build to represent mount meru, the center of the world in hindu cosmology. the temple’s five prasats or sanctuary towers represent the peaks of the sacred mountain, while the moats represent the oceans that surround mount meru.