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    Phanom Rung historical park

    I made a quick trip to Phanom Rung historical park in Buriram some time ago.




    Phanom Rung is at the top of a volcanic cone and it means in Khmer: 'big hill'. It was build between the 10th and 13th century to symbolise the stay of Shiva on the holy mountain Kailash. The temple complex faces east, towards the original capital of Angkor.



    Royal Pavillion



    Along the way to the Main Tower.



    Five-headed snake.



    Lotus being guarded by the authority. The sign tells people no to toss a coin in it cos it will damage the lotus.



    Vishnu Anantasayin

    Brick sanctuary. Only a base and two pillars remained.



    Wall



    Main Tower



    Minor Tower



    Looking from the back



    Don't know the exact location as my mate was driving me there.

    There is also a parking space on top of the phanom rung, so if you don't want to walk up, you can also drive up to the top. No worries about getting thirsty, as they got a little shop on the top where you can get some refreshment.
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    good stuff! i've got some similar pics also.

    did ya visit the temple nearby in the town also?

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    damn there's some gold on this site

    KUDOS all

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    oh jet .................................................. .

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    ^^^ no, i didn't. it was only a quick trip as i was staying in Surin. besides, it took us an hour to find the phanom rung, so didn't trust my fossil mate to find some other places.

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    fair enuff. i've forgotten its exact name, but it was connected with the temple u did visit. one at the top of the hill and one by the lake or bottom of hill.

    perhaps GoW might know what i'm talking about. (or perhaps not!)

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    it amazes me wot ppl will pay to visit the temples at angkor wot but then neglect these temples in issan.

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    hmm.. i remember there was a prasat hin muang tam? near the phanom rung.

    i never been to angkor wat yet, but there are still many historical places in this country i never seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    it starts with D ..
    de temple?

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    no more like Duang Rung or somehting....

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    dunno if it's the same as this one.



    if it is, it's "prasart hin muang tam" in buriram.



    bear with me. the mountain icon didn't work somehow.

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    ^ yep, dats da one!

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    looks good also.

    i'll talk my mate into getting a GPS for my next visit.
    Last edited by extras; 08-09-2007 at 09:13 PM. Reason: typo

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    Very nice - went there myself a while back, have some photos of the place as well and will see if I can did them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post



    oh jet .................................................. .
    I knew it was coming. Wanklette.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    perhaps GoW might know what i'm talking about. (or perhaps not!)
    No, I don't know. Sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Gorgon View Post
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    oh jet .................................................. .
    I knew it was coming. Wanklette.
    oooooooh, now i know what he meant!

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    Thai Travel : Phanom Rung Historical Park, Buriram

    google it you will come up with other information

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    I've Got A Few....

    Phanom Rung








    Famous stolen Narai lintel








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    And More....

    Meuang Tam










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    Also In The Vicinity

    Ta Meuan Toht











    Ta Meuan Thom




    Border with Cambodia is just beyond this guard post.


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    Nice photos. Place(s) look deserted. What time of year did you visit and take these snaps?

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    ^Those were all taken in November of 2005. And, yes, very deserted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Gorgon View Post
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    oh jet .................................................. .
    I knew it was coming. Wanklette.
    mission accomplished ,

    apologies for disturbing the serenity of a fine thread .................

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    fair enuff. i've forgotten its exact name, but it was connected with the temple u did visit. one at the top of the hill and one by the lake or bottom of hill.

    perhaps GoW might know what i'm talking about. (or perhaps not!)

    it starts with D ...





    it amazes me wot ppl will pay to visit the temples at angkor wot but then neglect these temples in issan.

    Been to them both many a time, the temple is called Prasat Muan Tam.

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    I visted this place a few months back while also visiting Phimai and Phra Vihaan (and other parts of Isaan).

    I was extremely impressed with Phanom Rung...not just the ruins, but the overall maintenance and set up of the site.

    I'm sometimes underwhelmed by how Thai authorities maintain and present their historic sites, but I think they are doing a great job here.

    Although having just visited Phra Vihaan and seeing how the Cambodians present that probably left the Thais looking good regardless!

    I also thought the ruins themselves were pretty impressive. I was surprised that I had never heard of it before. I think TAT could well present it as an iconic image of Thailand, up there with Sukhothai and Ayuthayya, albeit on smaller scale.

    I think a three (or four) day trip around Isaan in a loop taking in the three sites and maybe a stop along the Mekong gives a visitor a great glimpse of Thailand different to shopping malls and highway billboards you get in the more central and oft travelled parts.

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