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Phanom Rung - ปราสาทหินพนมรุ้ง or, with its full name, Prasat Hin Phanom Rung (Phanom Rung Stone Castle), is a Khmer temple complex set on the rim of an extinct volcano at 1,320 feet above sea level.
Another visit to Phanom Rung.
Phanom Rung & Prasat Muang Tam with some nice photos showing some of the intricate carvings on the stone.
Buriram Tourist Attractions
Suan Nok (bird park), Buriram
Suan Nok (bird park) is at Huay Talat Reservoir, a wildlife reserve. To get there, take the Buri Ram-Prakhon Chai Road for 12 kilometres and take a left-hand road for 2 kilometres. The park is the home of many waterfowls that include both local species and those that migrate from colder countries. They are prevalent during November to April, which is Thailandís dry season.
Lower Northeastern Cultural Centre
This cultural centre is in Buriram Rajabhat Institute. It has collections and displays of artifacts and is a local archaeological, historical and arts study centre. Exhibitions of the centre include: - Geography, history and ancient community. - Elephants and the culture of the Suai people, including tools used in capturing elephants, items in elephant rituals and photos of elephant corralling in the old days. - Local woven clothes. - Wall mural about the Twelve Month Ceremony of people in Northeast. - Pottery and Chinese ceramics found in Buriram. The centre is open from Monday to Friday from 09.00-16.00. It is closed on weekends and holidays. For more information, please contact tel. 0 4461 1221 ext. 159.
The Ancient Kilns
These ancient kilns constitute one of the most important pottery-making centers of the ancient Khmer Empire. The kilns date from the 14th-19th Buddhist century. The pottery made here was supplied to cities in the empire. The Fine Arts Department has renovated 2 kilns called Tao Sawai and Tao Nai Chian, 5 and 10 kilometres from Ban Kruat, respectively. The kilns are ideal for those interested in archaeology.
Buri Ram Cultural Centre
The Centre is located in the Rajabhat Buri Ram University, Amphoe Mueang. Collections of antiques, local textiles, mural paintings and various exhibitions are on display. Open daily (except national holidays), Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m.-7.00 p.m. Weekends from 8.30 a.m.-4.00p.m. Tel. 0 4461 1221} 0 4460 1616 ext.159
Ban Khok Ngio Sanctuary (Prasat Ban Khok Ngio)
This stone sanctuary is 3 kilometres before Pakham, or 75 kilometres from Buriram on No. 218 and 348. This ancient Khmer site is in Wat Khok Ngio and it acted as a sort of local health office in ancient times. King Jayavoraman VII ordered its construction in the 18th Buddhist century.
Nong Hong Sanctuary (Prasat Nong Hong)
Prasat Nong Hong is another Khmer sanctuary about 100 kilometres south of Buriram town near Laem Nang Rong dam. The sanctuary comprises 3 brick pagodas built on the same laterite base and surrounded by a laterite wall and a moat. It dated from the 16th Buddhist century.
Khao Angkhan Temple (Wat Khao Angkhan)
Wat Khao Angkhan is on an extinct volcano 20 kilometres from Phanom Rung. If travelling from Ban Ta Pek (between Ban Tako and Phanom Rung), use the road to Lahan Sai for 5 kilometres and onto a branch road to the temple for 10 kilometres. Wat Khao Angkhan represents an interesting mixture of architecture from various periods. Inside the main building are wall murals and stories of Buddhism told in English. Furthermore, many Dvaravati sandstone temple boundary markers have been discovered here.
Ku Suan Taeng
This khmer sanctuary at Ban Don Wai can be reached by using the Buriram-Phayakkhaphum Phisai road (Highway No. 219) for 70 kilometres, then left onto Highway No. 202 to Prathai for about 40 kilometres where there is a left-hand road to Ku Suan Taeng. This is another Khmer site with 3 brick pagodas on a single laterite base. The famous Narai Banthom Sin lintel was discovered here and is now kept in the National Museum in Bangkok. The lintel proves this site dates from the 17th Buddhist century.
Mueang Tam Stone Sanctuary (Prasat Mueang Tam)
This stone sanctuary can be reached by taking the road to Prakhon Chai for 8 kilometres and another 5 kilometres on a road on the right-hand side. This Khmer site has a square layout. Its main structures are 5 brick pagodas built on the same foundation and enclosed by two walls. The 4 doorways are perpendicular to each other and built of sandstone with beautiful designs. The inner wall is made of sandstone and is one long, narrow continuous corridor, called Rabiang Khot. The outer wall is made of laterite. Lintels adorn doorways and the main pagoda, recounting Hindu tales. Another highlight of the site is the 4 large pools between the walls. The edges of the pools have serpent designs with the head at the pool corner. The beauty of this Khmer site is second only to that of Phanom Rung.
The landscape is high mountains from Bantat Mountain range to Phanom Dong Rak Mountain range. It is the connecting point between Thailand and Cambodia. The highest peak is Pran Nuch Peak, which is about 579 m. high.
Guesthouses & Hotels in Buriram
139 Moo 3 Tambol E-Sarn, Muang District, Buriram Province, Thailand 31000
Room rates from 1,000baht per night.
243 Praditpana Rd., Nangrong District
Buri Ram 31110
6/11 Bulamduan Road, Tumbon Naimuang, Amphoe Mueang
Buri Ram 31000
Room rates from 700baht per night
Buriram has a few local festivals each year, 4 of these are at Prasat Phanom Rung when the sun rays pass straight through the 15 perfectly aligned doorways of Prasat Phanom Rung, a revered and ancient Hindu monastery, two sunrises, in April and September, and two sunsets, in March and October.
In November are the Buriram Royal Trophy Long Boat Races, and in December is the Isaan grand kite procession.