Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Phi Mai National Historical Park

Located in Nakhorn Ratchasima Province in Northeast Thailand, Phimai National Historical Park is one of the best preserved examples of an ancient Khmer temple network found in the country. On entering the park grounds you will discover that its similarity to Angkor Wat in Cambodia is striking. In fact, some of the buildings are even older than those found at Angkor Wat.

The main shrine is nearly 30 meters high and is constructed of fine white sandstone. It is estimated that work on the shrine began during the reign of Khmer King Jayavarman V in the late 10th century.  The park contains some of the best examples of Khmer architecture in the world and underlines that the area was once an important trade route to the Khmer kingdom.

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