Jan 31, 2010

A day trip to Phanom Rung Historical Park

Phanom Rung Historical Park is located in Burirum Province, a neighbor province of Nakhon Ratchasima. A day trip drive from Korat City took around 2 hours for us with some stops along the way.

Phanom Rung or ปราสาทหินพนมรุ้ง 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, in Buriram province in the Isan region of Thailand. It was built in sandstone and laterite in the 10th to 13th centuries. It was a Hindu shrine dedicated to Shiva, and symbolises Mount Kailash, his heavenly dwelling. Thailand's Department of Fine Arts spent 17 years restoring the complex to its original state from 1971 till 1988. On 21 May, 1988, the park was officially opened by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in 2005, the temple was submitted to UNESCO for consideration as a future world heritage site.