Gopura IV, the eastern entrance to the temple of Ta Prohm, appears to be strangled by the octopus-like roots of a Tetrameles nudiflora tree. Popularized in the movie, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Ta Prohm was built in 1186 by King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university called Rajavihara (Royal Temple). At its height, 12,500 people lived here, including 18 high priests and 615 dancers. In the surrounding villages, 80,000 people supported Rajavihara with supplies and services. Today, Ta Prohm has been largely left in the condition it was found with efforts made to stabilize the site in its current state. (Brian K. Smith photo | View slideshow)
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