Visiting the Prasat Hin Phanom Rung in Buriram
Prasat Hin Phanom Rung is a 10th to 13th century Khmer temple build during "The Great Khmer Kingdom" that stretched over a big part of what we call now Thailand, southern Laos and Vietnam. It is build on top of a old volcano at a height of 1392 feet above sea-level in the Buriram province. I have been here now about 7 times and I still find it one of the most impressive Khmer temples in Thailand. Standing up there you have a stunning view over the high plateau of Khorat. And then you trying to imagine how they did build this huge temple complex high on the mountain. And no the stones do not come from the mountain it is build on.
Be aware that it is a big complex and that there are many (not such a good) stairs to walk. You can drive all the way up to the entrance where a big parking place is. And of course along the entrance are many souvenirs shops. And of course you have to pay an entrance fee. I am always very impressed by the details of the art and when walking here you see details everywhere. Inside the buildings have been many Buddha images but some of them are stolen are are now in museums and private houses all over the world and other are at museums in Bangkok.
It is about 2 hour drive over route 24 from Khorat city or 1 hour drive from Buriram city. There are not much hotels nearby so the most people visit it from Khorat or Buriram. As far as I know there is no public transport going to the site. For more information see Phanom_Rung_historical_park or Sundial.thai-isan-lao. For more postings about ancient ruins / temples see Ancient-Temples.
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