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Prasat Hin Phimai, Phimai, Nakhon Ratchasima

Prasat Phimai is located in Phimai, Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat) province, about 5 hours by bus from Bangkok.
Phimai has a pleasant location, with the river Moon flowing its many branches around the town.
Construction of Prasat Phimai took place between the 11th-13th centuries A.D.
The grounds of Prasat Phimai are spacious and well kept. The principal tower (prang) is surrounded by galleries on all sites. Possibly initially built dedicated to Hindu Gods, later Prasat Hin Phimai functioned as a Mahayana Buddhist sanctuary.
Phimai houses also a very interesting National Museum, where many of the lintels, found at Prasat Phimai and surrounding temples, are being displayed, some in stunning beauty after restoration.
Close to the city center is a giant banyan tree, situated in a pond. The single tree rather looks like a giant forest.
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Prasat Hin Phimai
Frontal view of Prasat Hin Phimai
Phimai Hin Phimai was a Mahayana Buddhist sanctuary. The inscriptions inside the main sanctuary also signify the Buddhist origin of Phimai, praising Lord Buddha and mentioning the Khmer King Suriyavaraman I as a Mahayana Buddhist. It is worth to note that most other Khmer Temples in Northeastern Thailand and present day Cambodia are dedicated to Hindu Gods.
  Main Prang at Prasat Hin Phimai
Main Prang at Prasat Hin Phimai
Entrance Building Toward Prasat Hin Phimai
Entrance Building Toward Main Sanctuary of Prasat Hin Phimai
  Buddha Image at Prasat Hin Phimai
Buddha Image at Prasat Hin Phimai - View through Doors
Mahayana Buddhist sanctuary
Naga Bridge at Prasat Hin Phimai
  Gallery at Prasat Hin Phimai
One of the Galleries around Prasat Hin Phimai
Main Prang at Prasat Hin Phimai
Main Prang at Prasat Hin Phimai
 
Rama and Lakshman, surrounded by serpentine arrow.
Lintel at Phimai.
Cutting The Grass at Prasat Hin Phimai
Maintaining the grounds at Prasat Hin Phimai
  Workers at Prasat Hin Phimai
Sweeping Leaves at Prasat Hin Phimai
Giant banyan tree, close to Phimai
Giant banyan tree, close to Phimai
  To get around Phimai, well you can just walk most of the place. We suggest you rent a bicycle, so you can visit the banyan tree, and the surrounding country site, which is quite pleasant with the river Moon flowing all around. We suggest the Phimai Inn (at about 350 baht) located just outside town (about 1 km) as a place to stay. It also has a good swimming pool. The Phimai Old Guesthouse in town may be more attractive to backpackers. This guesthouse also organizes day trip to Phanom Rung and Muang Tam, at 1500 baht/car. You have to check it out yourself, since it has been awhile since we last visited there.


 

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Content, including images, by Guido Vanhaleweyk, Bangkok.