The Bayon is a richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII.
The Bayon’s most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and smiling stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak.
Ta Prohm is the modern name of the temple at Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara. It was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm is in much the same condition in which it was found.
The temple of Ta Prohm was used as a location in the film Tomb Raider.
But for me, the mystic and the spell of that place, is precise the spot where the story The Jungle Book took place. These temples, the jungle, the light, the temperature, the humidity… …and if you are really, really quite and listen really carefully, I’m sure you can hear that gentle echo of Mowgli and Baloo singing about the bare necessities. Promised. 🙂