Ta Prohm's trees to remain a permanent fixture.

Apparently, there was a rumour that the trees at Ta Prohm, aka the Tomb Raider Temple were going to be removed…

Tomb Raider temple trees are here to stay
The Phnom Penh Post, 27 August 2010

Ongoing rumours that the famous trees at the equally famous Ta Prohm temple will be lopped are unfounded.

The trees, which had a supporting role in the Angelina Jolie movie Tomb Raider, will remain a permanent fixture, according to Cambodian archaeologist Sim Than, because the trees too can be considered cultural.

“Culture is not just the temple, but also the trees because they are more than 100 years old,” he said. “They will remain even though they have taken root within the temple itself.”

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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