Explore the Khmer temples of Khoa Yai National Park
Prasat Hin Phanom Rung is the most beautiful sandstone Sanctuary in Thailand, where you can learn about the fascinating Khmer heritage of the region.
Phanom Rung Historical Park houses the largest and best restored Khmer temple in Thailand. Built in sandstone and laterite between the 10th and 13th centuries and originally as a Hindu monument, the temple stands majestically on the summit of an inactive volcano with views (on a clear day) of Cambodia's Dongrek Mountains. It is in this direction that the capital of the Angkor empire once stood and Phanom Rung is widely believed to have been a blueprint for Angkor Wat.
Phanom Rung was built on a large scale with many impressive design aspects including an approach along a 160 meter avenue of pink sandstone pillars which leads to an incredibly ornate five-headed naga bridge, representing the division between the worlds of mortals and gods. The bridge leads into the main sanctuary, once symbolizing a place of power and beauty, yet which still remains a magnificent site today.
In the afternoon you proceed to Phimai Historical Park for a visit of Prasat Hin Phimai. This is another splendid example of classical Khmer religious architecture. The main shrine is rich of Hindu and Mahayana Buddhist Iconography, including of the Hindu Gods Shiva and Vishnu and scenes from the Great Hindu Epic, the Ramayana. Depart Phimai and return to your accommodation.
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