The best way to get to know about the temple is by visiting it. Without putting yourself in the middle of the ancient temple, you will never know the "feeling" of the ancient "tree on bricks". The temple has a large coverage of 1000 x 600 m, built 36 years after the great Angkor Wat, by King Jayavarman VII for his mother. History claimed that there were more than 12,000 people reside within the outermost enclosure. We can reach the temple by heading east from Angkor Thom towards Sras Srang. The temple is around 2 km away from the gate of Angkor Thom. By car, around 10 minutes away from Bayon.
As the temple was abandoned for hundreds of years, forest had once reclaimed the area until, well, all of us come and make it a world heritage site :-p There are several trees overgrown the temple's structure. The root of the trees somehow found their way through the bricks and reached the ground. The temple was badly damaged, with only a few routes open for visitors. The temple was under heavy restoration work as well.
My advice, you can enter the temple through east gate (or gopura) as the route is less crowded. There are several "outstanding" sites for photo taking, each with special platform built for the purpose. Keep in mind that there is a massive crowd in the temple. We have to queue in many places in order to take a nice picture with the "tree on the temple". Please visit my blog for more information and photos at:
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