This exquisite gopura entangled by roots is a testament to the architectural achievements commissioned by the builder king: Jayavarman VII. During his reign from 1181 until 1218, he financed several major complexes within Angkor including Bayon, Angkor Thom and this one at Ta Prohm. Together they were the geographical pride of his Khmer Empire. His majesty was also a public benefactor. He is credited with over 100 hospitals plus 121 “rest houses.” The latter were spaced every nine to ten miles along major roads to shelter weary travelers. This unparalleled construction boom was the cornerstone of the king’s legacy.