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Prasat Hin Mueang Tum, Prakhon Chai
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Prasat Muang Tam is a Khmer temple in Prakhon Chai district, Buri Ram Province, Thailand. It is primarily in the Khleang and Baphuon styles, which dates its primary phases of construction to the late 10th and early 11th centuries. The primary deity was Shiva, although Vishnu was also worshipped there.Like most Khmer temples, Muang Tam is oriented towards the east. It has a flat concentric plan, with a central sanctuary and two libraries surrounded successively by an inner enclosure, ponds, and an outer enclosure. The ponds between the enclosures are an unusual feature of the temple, as is the central sanctuary, which is not elevated and has its towers arranged in rows of three and two rather than in a quincunx. All the towers except the central one have been restored.Kala are particularly prominent in the lintels of the temple. They are the best available aid in dating the structure, but the mix of styles (Khleang and Baphuon) makes accurate dating impossible. Several of the lintels on the outer gopuras are unfinished.A small baray, probably contemporaneous with the temple, lay to the east, while a later, larger baray survives further north between Muang Tam and Phanom Rung.
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  • Really peaceful place. Just 20km from Buriram. Khmer art .similar to Phanomrung and Phimai. Visit in one hour. Easy to walk 
  • This ruin is to be visited (at two sights available) with the Combi-ticket. It's a nice place and also not exhausting to visit. Give a nice touch to the small ponds and a breeze refreshed slightly. The edged Park is a little shade. Recommended for 1 h.
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  • Prasat Muang Tam is a significant Hindu religious sanctuary in Baphoun school of Khmer Art (11th century A.D). The sanctuary was constructed for the Hindu god "Shiva", religious ceremonies held by the surrounding community. The position of Prasat Muang Tam is on a direct line from Angkor Wat in Cambodia to the north. This line passes over the Phnom Danrek mountain, the prasat Taumuan group in Surin, Phnom Rung, Muang Tam in Buriram to Phimai in Nakhon Ratchasima. Prasat Muang Tam is rectangular in shape 120m by 127m. It is made of laterite, sandstone and brick. The structure is located on the east and includes many buildings. Which include: 1. The outer wall and archways - made from laterite blocks topped with finials. Doors situated in the middle of each outer wall, made from carved sandstone. There are 8 lotus petals engraved on the floors of the doorways these represent the plan of the universe, purity and good luck. 2. Courtyard and ponds - the courtyard is situated between the outer wall and the gallery. There are 4 "L:" shaped ponds which follow the shape of the outer wall. Five steps lead from the pathway to the ponds. On the corner of each pond is a 5 headed serpent or "naga" . 3. The gallery and archways - the gallery is a long narrow corridor shaped building. It surrounds the main towers & the library. It is rectangular in shape and made from sandstone, in the middle of each gallery wall is a door made from sandstone each door is in alignment with the outer wall doorways. 4. Group of towers - there are 5 similar towers constructed on laterite base forming two rows. The main tower which was the largest was in the middle of the front row. This tower represents Mount Meru , the center of the universe. This tower no longer exists it collapsed due to the great weight. The main tower contained the Shiva Linga. The minor towers are square shaped having entrances facing east. Above the entrances are sandstone lintels, on the other three sides are false entrances. The roof is made from sandstone, and were consistent with five levels but the upper two levels have collapsed. The top level was adorned with a carved sandstone lotus. 5. The libraries - the libraries are two of the lesser tower, used to store sacred texts and religious manuscripts. They may have contained sacred images to. The entrances to the library have carved sandstone lintels above the main doorway. Location: Prasat Muang Tam is located in Prakom Chai district of Buriram approx. 8kms from Phnom Rung. GPS coordinates (WGS84): N 14.496198, E102.982388 The car park and tourist information office is located outside the site to the north east near Muang Tam reservoir. The main entrance is opposite the entrance to the car park. Site is open daily from 06:00am to 6:00pm It costs 100 baht for foreign adult or you can pay 150 baht and get a combined ticket for Prasat Muang Tam and Prasat Phnom Rung. I highly recommend visiting this site if possible pick a week day it is usually less busy. The sanctuary has some of the best architecture and sandstone lintel carvings I have seen in Thailand. Photos taken with: Nikon D70s, with 18-70mm, 18-55mm lens with Hoya 720nm IR filter - These photos are near infrared, processed in Nikon NX-D & Gimp 2.8. Normal colour photos with D5200, with 70-300mm & Tokina 11-16mm lens processing in Photo element 11 and Gimp 2.8
  • I enjoyed this place because it was virtually empty when we were there during the weekday during rainy season. It was an experience having the whole place to ourselves!
  • If visiting Phanom Rung you should go here also, it's only 10 minutes away. Nice scenery & no climbing steps involved. Worth a look.
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  • Nice ruins