Phanom Rung Historical Park

640px-Phanom_Rung_Wikimedia_CommonsPhanom Rung Historical Park is located approximately 64 km from Burirum town centre and 120 km from Nakhon Ratchasima town centre. It is a home to one of the most important Khmer sites in Thailand with a beautiful backdrop of Isan countryside. Based on an extinct volcano on Phanom Rung Mountain, the site boasts graceful temples, towers, Buddha images with Khmer-influenced architecture. It also features a Hindu Saivite or Shiva monasty, sculptures of Vishnu and a number of ruins which contain images depicting Hindu God Brahma and scenes from Ramayana. The sanctuary was built in laterite and sandstone, all with elaborate designs. The pagoda, the stairway and the Naga bridge were assumed to be built during the 12th century.

The 15 doorways of the ancient Shiva temple could be used as an astronomical device as they were built in a straight line which allows the sunrise and sunset through all doorways. This event happens 4 times a year. The sun rises straight through 15 doorways twice, in April and September. The sun sets through the doorways twice in March and October.

Opening Hours:┬áDaily from 08.00 am. – 05.30 pm.
Admission: 40 Baht
How to get there: There is a bus from Buriram city to Ban Ta-Ko and from there you can get a songtaew to Phanom Rung. To drive there, take Highway No.24 from Nang Rong to Prakhon Chai and upon reaching Ban Tako, there is a road to Phanom Rung, continue for 12 km.

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