Prasat Phanom Rung

by Berckmans Peter September. 05, 2018 434 views

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

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Olga Helys 2 years, 2 months ago

WONDERFUL PLACES

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Olga Helys 2 years, 2 months ago

They are,thanks

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Ram Ya 2 years, 2 months ago

Lovely series, Peter. Amazing details and craftsmanship. 
We are lucky they have survived for almost 1000 years. 
Thanks for taking us with you!

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Ram Ya 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks Ram, if we all share we can bring the world to pb

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Andi Saw 2 years, 2 months ago
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Berckmans Peter Replied to Andi Saw 2 years, 2 months ago

Maybe 800y back people were more happy

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Sydney Solomon 2 years, 2 months ago

Again, Peter, you have demonstrated through your photography, the wonders of parts of the world, most of us will never know. Great work.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Sydney Solomon 2 years, 2 months ago

Happy to share. Photography can be a strong medium

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 years, 2 months ago

Love that 5 head snake. Love the way you've captured the pictures from different angles and with different perspectives.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 2 months ago

Thank you my friend, there is so much to see in that place

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Russell Smith 2 years, 2 months ago

I enjoyed the color photos they are beautiful but the ones that are black and white are breathtaking to me.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Russell Smith 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks a lot Russel. The color ones are to show how it is there. Else they would have been all in monochrome

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab 2 years, 2 months ago

Excellent photos Peter! Thanks for sharing. :)

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 2 months ago

My pleasure,thanks

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