Phanom Rung, Muang Tam and Plai Bat Sanctuaries
Ensemble of Phanom Rung, Muang Tam and Plai Bat Sanctuaries is part of the Tentative list of Thailand in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
The Ensemble of Phanom Rung, Muang Tam and Plai Bat Sanctuaries are a series of important Angkorian structures, built for the worship of Shiva. Phanom Rung sanctuary was built on the top of Phanom Rung Mountain, an extinct volcano, between the 10th and 13th centuries CE. The temple of Muang Tam was built on a nearby plain, while the sacred tower of Plai Bat was also built on an extinct volcano.
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The three temples in this nomination I must say are quite special and definitely worth visiting if in the area. However, and I feel quite sorry to have to say this, I kept comparing them to the monuments in Angkor when I was there. The three temples, if located in Angkor, would have been some of the most prominent and visited ones in the area. But if they were to be compared to the best of the monuments in Angkor they would sadly look quite ordinary.
I'm a Thai and I think that these Hindu temples and castles are spectacular and they quite well preserved. Phnom Rung, which was dedicated to Shiva, was built in 12-13 centuries and located on dormant volcano top. Muang Tam, 5 km from Phanom Rung was built in the same era it is enclosed by beautiful artificial pool. I went there many times, and I still impressed them and wonder in Hindu's believe.
Especially Reclining Vishnu lantle at Phnom Rung is very beautiful. And on the day of Equinox the sun light will penetrate all of the door of the castle.
Includes parts (Phanom Rung and Muang Tam) of former TWHS Phimai, its Cultural Route and the Associated Temples of Phanomroong and Muangtam
2019 Added to Tentative List
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