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To be more accurate, the temple that we visited today was in a movie, but it was Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, with Angeline Jolie (ok, not the greatest flick). It was also the backdrop for a better movie called Two Brothers about two tigers in Cambodia. But I digress.

Built in 1186 A.D., Ta Prohm is a jungle temple in Angkor, one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia and an UNESCO World Heritage site.

From Nathan: The first temple of the ancient Khmer that we saw was Ta Prohm. It was originally made as a Buddhist temple under Jayavarman VII, one of the kings of the Khmer Empire. Later when Jayavarman VIII came to power, it was converted to a Hindu temple. In the process, the king ordered the destruction of hundreds of Buddha carvings inside.

What makes this temple especially interesting is the trees. Banyan trees and their incredibly large roots have enveloped parts of the temple. As with most archaeological sites, it is undergoing restoration as part of a joint project between Cambodia and India.

From Aidan: To me, everything in the temple looked exactly the same. The one part about today that I did like was staying in our hotel and swimming in the afternoon. I’m also excited, because we get to eat dinner at the hotel, and the hotel has good food.

Needless to say, Aidan isn’t wild about temples, even jungle temples.

Travel TipTravel Tip 43:  Check the clothing restrictions at temples.

At Angkor, visitors must wear pants/shorts below the knee and shirts covering the shoulders. We saw some very disappointed American tourists get turned away.