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Phanom Rung Historical Park (Prasat Hin Phanom Rung)
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Owner description: This historical park contains some of the country's most extensive Khmer ruins.
Reviewed 30 April 2014

This ancient Khmer ruin is in a beautiful location on top of an extinct volcano and the grounds are immaculate. In addition, there is a free museum that has great exhibits with English translations. The temple itself has been restored, but is mostly intact with original carvings featuring the Ramayana. Dedicated to Shiva, it is worth a visit just for its historical and cultural significance. Built along the lines of Angkor Wat, and by a distant relative of the designer, it is an architectural marvel. One of the best temples I've seen and well-worth the 100 BHT admission charge. Go early!

1  Thank Brenda J
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

This impressive site, located on the top of an extinct volcano, is out of the way but worth the time and trouble to visit. The site is one of the most northern sites of the Khmer "empire" and is the finest example of the Kymer architecture in Thailand. It has been meticulously renovated (or rebuilt) and is rich and ornate and big. Be prepared for many steps that slowly reveal the treasure at the peak. This monument to Shiva was built between the 10th & 13th centuries.

Although the site is popular with foreign and local tourists, it is far from crowded and is a photographer's dream come true. There was no problem at all waiting briefly for tourist-free shots throughout the complex. The ruin itself is spectacular, in total as well as in the details. We have visited numerous sites in the Angkor Wat area, and this site is certainly in the ball park of many of those.

On the day of our visit, we encountered a large photo shoot of young men and women dressed in classical dress. It was quite spectacular and helped us to imagine the splendor that once existed there. Well worth the visit, but do carry water as it gets very warm and because it is so spectacular, short visits are virtually impossible. Highly recommended.

Thank Jeff G
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Reviewed 3 April 2014 via mobile

Been here 3 times. Always great to be back for this spectacular view. Just a pity, never have a chance to see the sunrise solace every early April of the year. Try to visit during the morning because the afternoon heat will really make the visit a much harder task due to it high humidility in this area. Hopefully, my next visit are able to see the spectacular sunrise solace.

2  Thank AlanGoh18AewGoh
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

absultely stunning and a must if you to visit the area. as you walk through all the rooms, and see everything around there are plagues everywhere which gives you a run down of the history, be ready though as it is quiet a walk but definatley well worth it

1  Thank ben1278
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

Phnom Rung Historical Park is one of Thailand’s most beautiful and important Khmer ancient monuments and it is at the top of an extinct volcano in Buriram Province which is in the Issan region of Thailand. The creator of Phnom Rung was Narendraditya who was related to King Suryavarman II who was the creator of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

It took Thailand’s Fine Arts Department 17 years too fully restore Phnom Rung and it is absolutely stunning plus the grounds etc are in pristine condition.

The first thing you will see is an amazing stairway from the bottom of the hill up to the top and most of the buildings are made from sandstone and laterite with beautiful carvings. We stayed here for hours and there were hardly any tourists, mainly Thai families and school groups. Actually we were asked to be in quite a few of their photos so it was a lot of fun with the children.

Entry fee to the Phnom Rung Historical Park is 100baht or you can pay 150baht which will also include entry to Prasat Mueang Tam which otherwise is another 100baht entry fee.

Phnom Rung Historical Park is also on the tentative list with UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site.

Thank Cathy&Gary
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