Visit Beautiful Place of Prasat Hin Phimai in Thailand

Visit Beautiful Place of Prasat Hin Phimai in Thailand

Prasat Hin Phimai boasts some of the most impressive Khmer ruins in Thailand. Similar in style (if much smaller) than those at Angkor, the temples were built during the 11th and 12th century, during which time the area was part of the Khmer empire. Though built as a Mahayana Buddhist temple, the carvings also feature many Hindu deities as explained in the visitor center.

Phimai historical park is the largest of all Khmer temples in Thailand, the rectangular complex measures over 1,000 meters long by almost 600 meters wide. It contains some of the finest examples of Khmer architecture in Thailand.What makes this temple unique is that is constructed as a Buddhist temple, even though the Khmer who built it were Hindu.

Phimai, which is officially named Prasat Hin Phimai was built during the 11th and 12th century, during which time the area was part of the Khmer empire. It was constructed on the end of the ancient highway connecting it with Angkor (present day Siem Reap), with other Khmer temples like Muang Tum and Phanom Rung in between.

Layout and structures of Phimai

Prasat of the main sanctuary at the ancient Khmer temple of Phimai

The layout and structures of Phimai remind of another Khmer temple on the same ancient road towards the South East, called Phanom Rung. The rectangular complex is completely surrounded by moats and outer walls. A number of ponds around the site symbolize the oceans surrounding Mount Meru.

To the left of the Naga bridge is a small structure which was probably built as a place where the King could prepare himself for ceremonies inside the inner sanctuary. The Naga bridge symbolizes the passing from the world of men into the world of the Gods.

After passing the Naga bridge the gateway or gopura through the Southern outer wall gives access to the temple complex. A long walkway towards the inner sanctuary provides an impressive view of the temple structures with the massive prang in the center. To the left outside of the inner sanctuary are two libraries where ancient sacred scriptures were kept.

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