"Phnom Rung Historical Park" Nang Rong Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld
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Phnom Rung is a Khmer temple complex set on the rim of an extinct volcano at 1,320 feet above sea level, about 20km (12 miles) south-east of Nang Rong. It was built in sandstone and laterite, in the 10th to 13th centuries, as a Hindu shrine dedicated to Shiva, and symbolises Mount Kailash, his heavenly dwelling. The name "Phnom Rung" is from an ancient Khmer word "Vnam Rung" meaning "the vast mountain".
As with the Khmer ruins of Phimai (near Khorat), it is suspected that Phnom Rung may have been a prototype for what eventually became Angkor Wat. Once built it was also used as a resting spot for pilgrims making their way from Angkor to Phimai.
The temple is the largest and best restored in Thailand (the restoration took 17 years to complete). The entire complex is built facing the east which, as with most Hindu monuments, usually face towards the dawn. The long promenade leading to the main temple is the best of its kind in Thailand and is the site of a large festival in mid April. Once at the western end of the promenade you reach the first naga bridge which is sided by spectacular five headed nagas. They are still in good condition and are identical to those which are found at Angkor Wat in Cambodia. At the top of the stairs is the gallery which leads into the primary sanctuary. The sanctuary has gallery entrances from the north, south, east and west, all of which display spectacular and intricately carved masonry depicting Hindu legends.
Open: 6am-6pm. Admission: 50 baht.
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