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The Khmer temple complex Phanom Rung is approx. 50 km south of Buriram and 25 km off the Cambodian border. Phanom Rung lies on an about 400 m high extinct volcano.
The temple was built between the 10th and 12th centuries under the rule of the Principality of the Mahidharapura dynasty, which was largely independent of Angkor.
It is considered the most beautiful Khmer temple in Thailand and is sometimes referred to as the small Angkor Wat.
We reach the temple over a 160 m long footpath. The Naga bridge, which symbolizes the transition from the secular to the spiritual world, leads to a steep staircase.
A small bridge between four basins forms the entrance to the actual temple.
The finely crafted stone portraits are famous. The relief at the entrance of the Mondop, showing Shiva on the back of the Naga King, did not come back until 1986 from a museum in Chicago.
Inside the Prasat Phanom Rung, the tower in the middle of the temple, one renders homage to a sacred ox.
The gate at the back of the temple is guarded by 2 tall lion-like creatures, the Singhas.
A street through the jungle connected Phanom Rung with the approx. 150 km remote Angkor Wat.
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