Prasat Phanom i8 Rung is the biggest tourist attraction in the province of Buriram, where we live. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. An ancient Khmer site and lies on an extinct vulcano, constructed in the 12th century ad. Completly build out of laterite and sandstone. The oldest buildings are build in the 10th century ad on this site.
Lord Shiva resides on mount Kailasa , and this hill can be seen as a represantation of the celestial home of Lord Shiva. Today it is still a place of worship.
If you visit this place you have to cross a big walkway and climb a 2 level naga bridge ( naga being the 5 headed snake ), this is build in Angkor Wat style. A lot of steep stairs to take before entering the platform and than another small climb.
Looking down from the second Naga bridge over the walkway.
The Phra Narai lintel, stolen in the 1960's, displayed in a museum in Chicago. There was a lot of public upset and demostration and even a famous rockband ( famous in Thailand ) made a protestsong about it. It was returned in the '80 s.
Only a small impression of this place. 4 times I have visited it and still impresses me. Hope you like it