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Cambodia – Bayon, Ta Prohm and More Angkor Temple Pictures

Written by Carl Hedinger

Bayon, Ta Prohm and More Angkor Temple Pictures

After leaving Angkor Wat, Mr. Jim takes us towards some of the famous ancient city’s other hits. It’s amazing that so much can come out of just a couple of days slogging around in the Southeast Asian heat and humidity. This trip around Angkor has been thoroughly educational and not just from a historical and archaeological standpoint. I’m really learning first-hand just about how massive and powerful the Khmer Empire became just half a millennium ago. These places are really just awesome structures and demonstrate the Khmer presence during its heyday and why local people are so proud of it today. With very little time to think about that, the tuk tuk stops and we’re at the next spot. From here, it’s time to take a photo walk through Cambodia’s Bayon, Ta Prohm and more Angkor Temples!


Bayon

Bayon is a temple in the center of Angkor Thom (the last and most enduring Khmer capital). It was originally built as a Mahayana Buddhist Temple during the reign of King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th – early 13th century. It is notable for the many “Stone Faces” found on site.

Bayon Entrance

The Bayon Temple entrance looks so mystifying outside, I say.

Bayon Stone Carving

Just like Angkor and the other temples, I find the intricate carvings to be just as impressive as the big stuff we see here.

Bayon Stone Faces

But who can argue with these wonderful stone faces found towering above Bayon?

Bayon Doorway

The Bayon stone faces are inescapable.

Bayon Stone Face from Below

Even from below, they’re impressive.

Outside Bayon

It’s easy to forget that these places still need a lot of work and help from people. Maybe someday we’ll see Bayon in its full awesomeness!

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Ta Keo

This is the only shot taken of Ta Keo. It’s a Temple Mountain just outside Angkor Thom and was built in the late 10th century during the reign of King Jayavarman V.

Ta Keo near Angkor in Cambodia


Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm was built in the late 13th century and is located 2km east of Angkor Thom. It was founded as a Mahayana Buddhist Temple and University during the reign of Khmer King Jayavarman VII. It is notable due to the dominance of nature over it and has also recently gained fame as it was used in filming for Tomb Raider.

Ta Prohm near Angkor

I’m hopeful that someday this temple will stand without the aid of wooden braces like the one that rests below this entranceway.

Ta Prohm stone carving

Carvings tell a story and I wish there were someone to help convey this one to me. I’m sure it’s amazing.

Ta Prohm collapsed hallway

Someday this will be clear but like Cambodia as a whole, more helpful hands are required.

Duke Stewart inside Ta Prohm gallery

There’s still room to roam around Ta Prohm’s galleries, like here.

Duke Stewart and Christina inside Ta Prohm galleries

And for intimate selfies.

Massive overgrown tree at Ta Prohm

People come to Ta Prohm for sights like this. Overgrown trees lurk almost everywhere outside!

Ta Prohm overgrown tree


Ta Prohm tree


Ta Prohm Overgrown Tree


Duke Stewart next to overgrown tree at Ta Prohm

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Banteay Kdei

Banteay Kdei was the last temple we visited at Angkor. This place is known as “A Citadel of Chambers”. It was built between the 12th and 13th centuries as a Buddhist Temple. Unfortunately, it is mostly dilapidated due to poor construction and age.

Banteay Kdei


 

Banteay Kdei Corridor

Is that a monk or someone with a bright orange shirt?


Banteay Kdei Courtyard

The heat is messing with my focus hand but even if it’s unclear, this courtyard is beautiful in its own way.

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Siem Reap Pub Street

Duke Stewart on Siem Reap Pub Street

After most days, we lounge by the pool and soak our aching bones but not today! It’s time for a beer and some grub on Siem Reap’s famed Pub Street. Ever been?

How did you like this walk through the last few Angkor temples we visited? Have you ever been to any of them? I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments section! 

This post is a part of our Travel Photos series.

Bayon Ta Prohm and More Angkor Temples in Cambodia by Duke Stewart

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Carl Hedinger

I’m a writer and recovering American expat who shares my family’s travels through life. Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

7 Comments

  • The entire Angkor complex is so fascinating and beautiful. We loved Ta Prohm, but who doesnt? We ended up spending a whole day going to the further away temple of Banteay Srei, it’s actually known for being one of the best restored temples, but it takes about an hour in a tuk tuk to get there! If you go back, we recommend spending an extra day heading out that way! It was a gorgeous ride and the temple itself was amazing. We wanted to see Phnom Kulen where the waterfalls were, but on top of the Angkor fee the person who owns it charges an additional fee to drive on the road. After doing research, none of the money goes to restoring the temple and just gets pocketed by the owner. We didn’t want to contribute money to that, but hopefully one day it’s not like that so we can see it for ourselves! Thanks for sharing such great photos!

  • Nice overview of the temples! What a magical place. When I went, I knew nothing about the temples and my in-laws were traveling with us with a pushy tour guide and we pretty much spent like 3 hours there max because they were on the go. Cringe!! I will go back one day to explore more. I loved Ta Prohm the most, but honestly I could spend a full week there exploring the ins and outs of the pathways.

    • Shew, you’re right about needing more time, Stephanie. It’s too bad that you felt rushed while there but with so many things to do during a tour itinerary, it’s understandable that they try to cram so much in. Did you ever write about the experience? I’d love to read about it if so. Either way, I hope you get to go back and have more time as well. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!