Along with Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm is the other most visited site on the small circuit. But unlike the other Angkor sites, a decision was made not to restore Ta Prohm but rather to leave it as it had been found due to how beautifully the jungle had bonded with the temple. However, much work has gone into stabilizing the structure and clearing it to allow access.
Ta Prohm’s natural state of ruin lent itself well as the location for the film Tomb Raider staring Angelina Jolie; for which its haunting qualities are now famous.
According to records, in its prime, Ta Prohm was apparently home to 12,500 people (including 18 high priests and 615 dancers) with another 800,000 people in the surrounding villages that provided services and supplies to the temple. It apparently also housed considerable gold, jewels and other wealth. It seemed like the high priests were living it up.
Today, a walk through Ta Prohm is a sublime experience.