Wow, the 3DS remake's graphics are amazing!

Well, sort of.

A National Geographic photograph has been circulating around the web these past 24 hours with the tag “Forest Temple exisits!”

While the semblance is striking, it is certainly not exact. Yet one wonders if this is where the Zelda Team’s inspiration for the beloved Forest Temple in Ocarina of Time came from.

More photographs and information about the temple after the jump!

Temple of Buddha?

So where can you find this mystical looking temple? In the gorgeous country of Cambodia! This is the famous Ta Prohm temple in Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. Built in the 12th century, it was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddist university and monastery. When the Khmer empire fell in the 15th century, the temple was left untouched and abandoned for centuries, allowing the jungle to overgrow and embrace it.

Alas, that is about to change. This year an effort to restore the temple has begun with shrubs and trees being removed.

Another factoid: Ta Prohm temple was seen as a location in the film Tomb Raider.

If Cambodia is too far for you to visit, we have you covered with several more photographs of the awesome temple below.

Source: National Geographic
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