Places of Interest : Phanom Rung Historical Park [Buriram] News

Places of Interest : Phanom Rung Historical Park [Buriram]

Phanom Rung is one of Thailand's most amazing Khmer architecture site, aged over a thousand years old. Built on an extinct volcano, it was originally a Hindu religious site and later became a Buddhist one. Several additions were made during the 15th-18th Buddhist century.

   The first thing noticed on arrival is a grand stairway from the foot of the hill up to the top. Most of the sanctuary buildings are made of laterite and sandstone, all with elaborate designs. The buildings are lined all the way to the main pagoda whose layout is according to Hindu belief of the layout of God Shiva’s heaven.

    The large main pagoda has a square base facing the East. Exquisite designs on the pagoda, columns, doorway, and lintels tell a story of Hindu gods. Each building features descriptive motifs reciting a purpose of its construction, functionality and beliefs of ancient people.

Based on these intricate designs and architecture, it is surmised that the pagoda, the stairway and the Naga Bridge were all built during the 17th Buddhist century.


How to get there :

By Car

From Buriram, there are two routes to get to Phanom Rung:

   1. Take Buriram – Nang Rong Route (Highway No. 218) for 50 km. Turn left into Highway No. 24 and drive for 14 km. to Ban Tako. Then turn into Ban Ta Pek, Amphoe Chaloem Phra Kiat and drive on for another 12 kilometers to Phanom Rung.


   2. Alternatively, take a 21-kilometers drive from Prakhon Chai to the sanctuary.

By Bus

From the Buriram Bus Terminal, take a Buriram – Chanthaburi bus or from Nakorn Ratchasrima, take a Ratchasrima – Surin bus. Get off at Ban Tako and catch a local Song Thaeo or motorcycle to Phanom Rung. Rates should be agreed in advance.