Visiting the Si Thep Historical Park
|Seen at the new information center|
Most of the artifacts found here are displayed at the National Museum in Bangkok. So I assume that the beautiful statues at the new Information Center are copies. The main attraction points of the park are "Khao Klang Nai (with remains of beautiful decorated stucco motives in Dvaravati Buddhism style), Prang Si Thep (build during the Angor period), Prang Song Phi nong, Khao Klang Nok (located 2 km north of the park), Prang Ruesi (also located about 2 km north of the park).
West of the modern town of Si Thep can be found the "Tamorat Cave" (on top of a mountain) with Mahayana Buddhist stone carvings. Although most of the artifacts found here are now at the National Museum in Bangkok. The Greater Khmer Kingdom did spread all over what we now call Thailand, South Laos, Cambodia and South Vietnam. Most of the ancient Khmer temples in Thailand can be found in the lower part of the Isaan. I am trying to visit them all.
|Remains of stucco's|
|Buddhist stucco's with monkeys|