Monday, March 25, 2013

Laura Croft: Tomb Raider

Mention the movie Laura Croft: Tomb Raider and everyone in Siem Reap, Cambodia, understands what you are saying. You're speaking about Angelina Jolie!

In the movie filmed partially in Cambodia, Laura (Jolie) tools up and scoots off in her Land Rover in front of the temple Bayon (see previous post). She mets the mysterious girl at the temple entwined with trees --Ta Prohm.

She also adopts a Cambodian child.

Ta Prohm: "Tomb Raider Temple"

This was my favorite temple out of many favorites. Originally built as a monastery and university, it fell into ruin when Angkor Thom was abandoned. The trees growing out of the ruins is now it's main attaction.

beautiful stone colors

The trees both stabilize and destroy the ruins
pile of rumble top panel; restored colonade
 bottom panel

Before and after pictures of restorations. The conservation and restoration of Ta Prohm is a partnership project of the Archaeological Survey of India and the APSARA (Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap).

This is the restored colonnade

The obligatory photo; it is a waiting game to photograph the ruins sans people in the most popular places

No one was lining up for photos here

I came all the way to Ta Prohm to get the Tomb Raider location photo and I couldn't find the location. Moe and I left the guide to photograph on our own--mistake...

We had a couple of hours free the next morning before our flight back to Bangkok. Sang, our local guide, arranged a tuk-tuk for me and I returned at 6:30 a.m. I found the spots and returned to the hotel by 8:30.

this is a panorama taken vertically

the line is starting to form for photos

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