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Built by King Jayavarman VII in the 13th century, Ta Prohm temple serves both Brahmanism and Buddhism. Just a few hundred feet away is another, smaller temple, Yiey Pov. Legend has it that these were built for the King’s son, and his son’s mother on the site of a 6th century Khmer shrine.
The temple is relatively small, and easy to quickly walk through. Although this temple is near the edge of the Tonle Bati lake, like pretty much every other temple in Cambodia, you have that feeling of a temple hidden inside the jungle, waiting to be found.

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A yellow-cheeked crested gibbon sits in a cage at Cambodia’s Phnom Tamau Zoo in Takeo province, about 45 kilometers (28 miles) south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Aug. 29, 2008. The New-York-based Wildlife Conservation Society announced its findings in a statement Friday. The group says its researchers, working with Cambodian wildlife officials, have counted 42,000 black-shanked douc langurs along with 2,500 yellow-cheeked crested gibbons in the Seima Biodiversity Conservation Area in a remote northeastern corner of the country. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

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