Prasat Hin Phimai (Phimai Historical Park), Nakhon Ratchasima

View one of the most significant Khmer historical sites in the country at Prasat Hin Phimai (Phimai Historical Park), a 900-year-old park housing an impressive temple. The 10th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple features numerous Hindu deities in its design. Look for spiritual figures carved into the stone shrine and the replica stone sculpture of Angkor King Jayavarman VII. Be sure to check out the museum at the entrance for a full explanation on the attraction. When you go, remember to take sun protection and plenty of water, because shade is hard to find. To plan Nakhon Ratchasima vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • Incredibly, an ancient Khmer city, actually small Angkor Wat in Thailand. You should time take, I was now three times before and each time I discover new amazing. Best time of I believe February or November.
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  • Great temple to visit (100 baht entrance for foreigners) , in relatively good state, in a well maintained historical parc, quiet and serene and we haven't seen any foreigner all day, how great is that...  more »
  • Ruins of the Khmer-style Temple. Similar to Angkor Wat. Hot and slow walk, but a solemn feeling. Ponderous. Worth a look is.
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  • This is a must see ancient monument when visiting Isaan. It is a photographer’s delight, and I would recommend a visit in the early morning when the sun is in the right position to get some good photos. Also there will not be many people around. It is easy to get some memorable photos, as well as interesting angles. The grounds are very well maintained , and there is a very well presented information centre that you should visit before starting your tour. Entry cost was 100 baht for foreigners. When you have finished your visit there are interesting markets to visit nearby, with plenty of places to get great food to eat. Well worth the visit.
  • The historical park contains ruins of historical period similar to the Angkor found in Cambodia. In the information center signs in Thai and English explain the history. Prepare a hat and sunscreen as there is not much shade in the area. In about two hours of time you have seen most of it.
  • Phimai Historical Park is located ca 60 km north of Korat. In the park you can visit the remains of an ancient Khmer temple that dates back to 11-13 century. Some parts of the temple are well preserved while others have fallen down. The Khmer temple is open daily from 7 am to 6 pm. It is interesting to visit this place. But I must object to the double pricing system that is used here: a Thai person must pay TB 20 while a foreigner must pay TB 100. Five times as much! I have to remove one star because of this flaw. PS. There is a national museum nearby where you can see items discovered here and at other Khmer temples in Thailand. Please note the following facts: (1) At this museum they also practice double pricing! (2) A ticket for the national museum is not valid for the Khmer temple!
  • Beautiful restored Khmer temple. Founded in the 11th century. Similar in style as khaobphanom rung in Buri Ram. Well worth a visit. Don't forget to visit nearby Sai Ngam for a cool walk in a banyan tree/golden fig forrest with lots of eating opportunities.
  • June 2014 I was here at this remarkable place in Korat another name for Nakhon Ratchasima in what is known as Issan, or the North Eastern part of Thailand. Each individual building has its own special features or functions. For example, Prang Brahmadat was built of laterite blocks that form a square. Or Prang Hin Daeng which translates to Red Stone Tower, which is also a square but was made of red sandstone. Or the main sanctuary built of white sandstone that is almost 32 meters long. The southern lintel has a statue of Buddha meditating with seven hoods of naga Muchalinda. Adjacent to the statue is a collection of statues of evils and animals that was depicted from the Tantric Mahayana Buddhist scripture. Today Phimai is a well-known tourist attraction, especially among people interested in history and archaeology. Located in the middle of Phimai is a small gallery which forms a rectangle surrounding the courtyard which has been newly built for commercial purpose. Within the gallery there is a pre-Angkorean (Buddhist) inscription that tells the story of Buddha ( Prince Siddhartha Gautama ) and his journey to becoming Buddha, along with other classic Buddhist stories. Along with the prangs which symbolize that the area is a sacred area. Phimai has always been an important tourist attraction for Thailand. When the tourists enter the area of Phimai from the old town on the south, they have to cross a river about one kilometre to the south and enter an ancient laterite landing stage which archaeologists believe used to be the bathing place for the heroine in local myths. The north gate is the city main gate, AKA the “Pratu Chai”, which has recently been reconstructed by the Royal Fine Art Department. Its size is enormous; it is said that the size is big enough for a royal elephant to enter. The Royal Fine Art Department has also built an inner gallery which shows ancient Buddhist inscriptions and small sculptures as well as pieces of wrecked architecture. The rest of Phimai remains the same only with a little restoration by the Royal Art Department. Having a lot in common with Angkor Wat, Phimai shows a great example of classical Khmer architecture. Ancient Khmer architects were best known for their superior use of sandstone over the traditional bricks and laterite architectures. Sandstones are used on the outer layer where they are visible. Laterite on the other hand was used for the outer wall and other hidden parts. All the structures are huge sandstone blocks. There are many lotus shaped roofs which represent Mount Meru ( A holy mountain in Hinduism ). These Khmer temples, Phimai in this case, were intended to resemble the universe. The main building resembles the peak of the mountain that centres the universe. The surrounding walls resemble the water and encircling mountains. The Khmer didn’t develop the technique of true Vault architecture during their time. This results in that large areas could not be roofed over. They didn’t have the motivation to come up with how to develop the technique of true vaulting because their religion didn’t require this. For them, large open areas are fine. They instead developed the use multiple chapels.
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