Prasat Muang Tam is approximately 7 km from Prasat Phanom Rung. It was built in the 11th century during the reign of the Khmer kings Jayavarman V, Udayadityavarman I, Jayaviravarman, Suryavarman I, as well as Udayadityavarman II and Harshavarman III.
Part of the complex is an 1150 x 400 m Baray, a water reservoir used to irrigate the surrounding fields. Like Phanom Rung, this temple complex lies on the road that connected Angkor Wat and Phimai.
The temple district is surrounded by a square wall which contains L-shaped water basins and the square shrine inside. The water basins are surrounded by Naga shaped little walls; the sanctuary by a gallery that is open to inside. Numerous reliefs adorn the buildings, mainly in the area of the doors.
The depicted motifs usually come from Hindu mythology. Often Kala is depicted, a lion-headed demon, which in his hunger often consumed itself to the head.
We’re just filming when a security guard showed up. He waves his hands to tell us that we are not allowed to film here.
We look a little incredulously at him. Later it turns out that he asked our tour guide if we have a filming permit and he said yes. That was a mistake because the security guard asks his boss who knows nothing about it.
Our guide offers to drive to the office of the supervisor and to clarify the facts. Ursula drives with them to the office. It is on the grounds of Prasat Phanom Rung.
Mr. Wasan Thepsuriyanont, Head of The Phanomrung Historical Park, is very kind. After we explained him our request, he allows us to film. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to him again here!
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