Another selfie on the path approaching the Ta Prohm temple

Another selfie on the path approaching the Ta Prohm temple

Another selfie on the path approaching the Ta Prohm temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Made famous as the shooting location for the Hollywood blockbuster movie Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Jolie, Ta Prohm is mostly renowned for the massive tree roots overwhelming the ruins. You can see in the background a couple of trees actually growing on the ruins themselves. How they took root on solid basalt rock really stumps me, notwithstanding the fact that the roots have found their way right over the building onto the earth below. Located approximately one km east of Angkor Thom and on the southern edge of the East Baray in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Ta Prohm was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII. The temple complex was used as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. A large group of tourists had just descended on the structures further ahead, so I decided to pause and do a spot of cam whoring while they moved on deeper inside. This picture was shot by a fellow Malaysian tourist who kindly offered to do so, seeing that I was alone. This was my first solo trip just a couple fo weeks post a rather traumatic breakup, so I was as yet not fully initiated into the concept of solo travel. (Siem Reap, Cambodia, Oct. 2008)

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