The best Khmer temples in Thailand

Prasat Phimai, photo by Arian Zwegers/Flickr

The Khmer Empire was a powerful empire in Southeast Asia. It ruled parts of Thailand. As evidences of the empire’s domination over the country, there are remains of magnificent temples here. There are numerous Khmer temples in the country, especially in the northeastern part of it. Other provinces where visitors can find Khmer temples are the ones at the border of Cambodia and Laos. The Khmer temples were built of stone and are characterized by unique motifs, elements and structures. These are some magnificent buildings and represent fantastic tourist attractions. Below, there will be presented the most beautiful Khmer temples in Thailand.

Prasat Phimai

The wonderful temple complex can be found in the Nakhon Rathcasima Province. It is considered the most important and most beautiful Khmer temple in Thailand. The temple complex was built in the late 11th and early 12th centuries AD. Prasat Phimai is a magnificent example of Khmer architecture. The temples are considered to be dedicated to Buddha and Hindu gods. There is a historical park which contains the wonderful temples’ ruins. If you would like to see Prasat Phimai, visit the historical park. You will surely be amazed by the beauty of the ruins.

Prasat Phimai, photo by Arian Zwegers/Flickr

Prasat Phanom Rung

Situated in Buriram Province, south of Buriram city, it is considered a classic Khmer temple complex. The site was also included into a historical park. It is a breathtaking complex. The most important highlight of Prasat Phanom Rung is the main sanctuary. The complex is located on an inactive volcano at a height of about 380 m. Besides the main sanctuary, there are also wonderful attractions here, such as naga bridges, pediments, staircases and so on. The view over the valley from the magnificent site is also breathtaking. Trust me, it’s worth making the way up to Prasat Phanom Rung.

Prasat Phanom Rung,

Prasat Muang Singh

It is located in Kanchanaburi Province. It is a breathtaking Khmer site which is considered to be built during the late 12th, early 13th centuries AD. Prasat Muang Singh is a very attractive and popular Khmer site. One of the main highlight of the complex are the burial grounds which display excavations of skeletons. You will also have the opportunity to have a fantastic view over the River Kwae Noi from the burial grounds. There are also several shops and a museum on the grounds of the complex.

Prasat Muang Singh,

Prasat Sikhoraphum

The wonderful site can be found in Surin Province. Prasat Sikhoraphum dates back in the 12th century AD. It is a magnificent example of Khmer architecture. The site is not as popular as the previously mentioned temples, making it a peaceful attraction. The central tower is magnificent. Its main entrance depicts a beautiful dancing shiva, making it a stunning attraction of the complex.


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