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    Muang Sing historical park ( Kanchanaburi )

    Found these photos I took with my old Pentax cheapo during my mums visit here a couple of years back. Not the best quality but can't find any other threads on the place so here goes.

    First some historical background from Wiki :

    Mueang Sing (Thai: เมืองสิงห์ (Pronunciation)) is a historical park in the Sai Yok district, Kanchanaburi province, Thailand. The remains of two Khmer temples date to the 13th and 14th century. It was declared a historical park in 1987.
    Built in the Bayon style, the temple relates to the Khmer kingdom in the reign of King Jayavarman VII (1180 to 1219). A stone inscription of Prince Vira Kumara praising his father, 23 cities are named. One of these cities was named Srichaiya Singhapura, which some scholars identify with Mueang Sing.
    The name Mueang Sing first showed in the chronicles of the reign of King Rama I (1782-1809), when it was a fortified town protecting the town Kanchanaburi. In the reform of provincial administration at the end of the 19th century its status was reduced from Mueang to Tambon (commune).
    Four monuments are existing inside the area of 736,000 m enclosed by a laterite wall. The southern wall winds along the Khwae Noi river course, while the other three sides are quadratic. The main monument is in the center of the area, northwest of this is are the foundations of a second temple building. The other two monuments are of much smaller scale.


    The site is to the north west of Kanchanaburi town and is an easy detour of the main road if you are heading up towards Hellfire pass. If you're in town its only a 30 minute drive away.







    Even monuments need the occasional polish

    ' Oi you missed a bit '








    Not exactly Angkor but a bit of growth as the jungle encroaches.















    Lovely colours with the laterite blocks. Will return with my sony this year to get some better pictures.


















    For some better pictures and description of the places here's a useful link :

    Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park

    Well worth the visit and cheap as chips to visit and stroll around

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    Nice pics. I never knew that was there. I'll have to go check it out sometime.

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    Nice pics. Cheapo pentax still good value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by natalie8 View Post
    Nice pics. I never knew that was there. I'll have to go check it out sometime.
    Thanks Natalie. I was looking through all the travel forums yesterday and was amazed just how well Thailand is covered in TD's threads. Hardly a place a member hasn't been and taken a picture of. I was surprised there were no pics of Muang Sing though ( that I could find ) as its so near Kanchanaburi and is mentioned in all the tourist bumph. Worth a visit if you're out that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by serene1 View Post
    Nice pics. Cheapo pentax still good value.
    It was ( Pentax optio E50 ) for just over 2000 baht but my replacement Sony H20 is a lot better for only 175 quid.

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    It's a nice place to stop off if going along that road. Have seen a 'free entrance' sign whenever I've gone there. Always quiet and peaceful. Well worth a gander if in the area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by natalie8 View Post
    Nice pics. I never knew that was there. I'll have to go check it out sometime.
    Thanks Natalie. I was looking through all the travel forums yesterday and was amazed just how well Thailand is covered in TD's threads. Hardly a place a member hasn't been and taken a picture of. I was surprised there were no pics of Muang Sing though ( that I could find ) as its so near Kanchanaburi and is mentioned in all the tourist bumph. Worth a visit if you're out that way.
    The photo travel threads are definitely one of Teakdoors best features, and the reason I started reading these forums. Nice one for adding another place to the list, the more the better eh! Great for future reference.

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    Thanks Bangyai
    Great pics
    Will take a look next time I'm up that way

    Was at Phanon Rung and Muang Tam a few weeks ago - best time of the year to visit everything is so green

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    architecture

    Thank you for these excellent pictures.
    Of course it does make one wonder about the history of south east asia.
    This temple would seem to support the theory that the original Khmers,
    a very black people, came from India and then retreated back to India later.
    How did Cambodia reach to what is now West Thailand?
    Also what about those arches that look like they are about to fall down.
    Modern thinking has replaced some of the lintels with wood which is good in tension
    unlike stone which is only good in compression.
    It must be that the church builders of Europe who understood the Gothic arch
    were under pain of death not to reveal the secret knowledge.

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    Thanks for these photos. As a Khmer-o phile, I had no idea Kanchanburi had such an attractive temple.

    In fact so many tourists cover huge distances to go north but Kanchanaburi province has fine mountains and rivers too, not to mention a notorious bridge.

    Now I know it has all this as well, I'd highly recommend it to friends who don't have much time in Thailand.

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    Excellent thread Bangy and thanks for taking the time to post it

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    love these pics,culture communion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Hicks View Post
    Thanks for these photos. As a Khmer-o phile, I had no idea Kanchanburi had such an attractive temple.

    In fact so many tourists cover huge distances to go north but Kanchanaburi province has fine mountains and rivers too, not to mention a notorious bridge.

    Now I know it has all this as well, I'd highly recommend it to friends who don't have much time in Thailand.

    A 2-3 day driving trip from bkk is a great little trip.

    Kan and the bridge etc.
    Muang Sing.
    Erawan water fall etc.
    Hellfire Pass.
    Hin Dat hot springs followed by maybe a night in Thong Pha Phum.

    Maybe back to BKK through Ratchaburi and it's caves etc.

    At a leisurely pace that would be a lovely road trip for a 2-3 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairman Mao View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Hicks View Post
    Thanks for these photos. As a Khmer-o phile, I had no idea Kanchanburi had such an attractive temple.

    In fact so many tourists cover huge distances to go north but Kanchanaburi province has fine mountains and rivers too, not to mention a notorious bridge.

    Now I know it has all this as well, I'd highly recommend it to friends who don't have much time in Thailand.

    A 2-3 day driving trip from bkk is a great little trip.

    Kan and the bridge etc.
    Muang Sing.
    Erawan water fall etc.
    Hellfire Pass.
    Hin Dat hot springs followed by maybe a night in Thong Pha Phum.

    Maybe back to BKK through Ratchaburi and it's caves etc.

    At a leisurely pace that would be a lovely road trip for a 2-3 days.
    Made that same trip twice now CM except for the Erawan Falls bit. Next trip maybe will take them in on the way to 3 pagodas. As Andrew says, if you don't have the time then Kanchanaburi has it all.

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