The lustre and mystery of Ta Prohm were brought to minds of people all around the world shortly after Tomb Raider hit the silver screen, and rightly so for her seduction, matched only by Angelina Jolie herself.
Built - circa 13th century - by King Jayavarman VII, in honour of his family, Ta Prohm or Rajavihara was initially a Mahayana Buddhist monastery. Left nigh of it's natural state, excursionists are afforded the pleasures of discovering the ancient monument with the same awe and wonder bestowed on the early explorers of the city of Angkor.
Ta Prohm was left in neglect in the wake of the fall of the Khmer empire; with only the divatas left to watch as the iron clamps of the ficus root sprouted around and through the ruins of a Kingdom that once stood as tall as the tree itself.
Cloaked in large trees that blend into the wall, forcing towers and terraces apart with branches and leaves that intertwine casting shadows on the temples below - Ta Prohm invokes the romantic yet eerie sensations of twilight. As you walk through her corridors, you will find her charm enveloping you in the same way the roots of the ficus shroud the walls of the temple.
Although Angkor Wat is the more popular monument, akin to an overachieving older sibling, I knew I would fall in love with Ta Prohm, the younger sibling bearing striking features with an air of romance brought about by her inherent balance of majesty and decay.