Monday, 9 September 2013

Wat Prasat Hin Phanom Muang Rung

                          Wat Prasat Hin Phanom Muang Rung

In 2011 I went through the Prasat province area in Thailand where I visited a beautiful Wat on top of a small mountain. The Temples name is Wat Prasat Hin Phanom Rung, I knew it was there through prior research into Wats in Thailand, I had to go there, and I was not disappointed when I did. It is near the town of Prasat not far from the Cambodian/Thailand border and is of the Khmer style of construction. There is a magnificent broad stone walkway leading up to the stairs that take you up to the Temple buildings at an elevated level. The panoramic views from up there are great and the cooling early morning breeze was refreshing, a big plus considering the heat that was rising from the plains below.

One of the advantages of going early in the mornings to these places besides it been cooler is that there are not so many tourists around, not long after these photos were taken there were hundreds school students dressed in pink.

Looking back down the walkway.

The main stairs leading up to the Temple buildings

Once again looking back down the processional way.

On the sides of the stairs and around the structures one can find Nagas which I think are protective serpent beings with five, seven or nine heads, The detail in these sculptures is extremely ornate and skillfully carved.

The last few stairs before the main entrance building.

The main entrance with the protective Nagas on each side of the entrance

Some of the carved images above the portal.

One of the inner courtyard buildings to be rebuilt.


View through the rear gateway.

Over-looking the plains below.

Central courtyard temple buildings.

Doorway to outside garden area, the holes in the stones were for inserting poles to assist in the carrying of the stones during construction.  

                                                     View of the wall at the rear of the Wat.
                                                         This place is well worth the visit.

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