Surin and Si Saket – the Land of Khmer Temples

20 Jul

Who has never been to the northeastern region of Thailand? If you have never you should start planning a trip right now! Sukjai have recently had a chance to visit Surin and Sisaket. The two provinces are well-known for their magnificent Khmer temples. Sukjai will get you to know more about these places today!

Let’s go to Surin first! Surin is a province rich of exotic culture, traditions, and filled with traces of Khmer civilization. Most of the Khmer temples in the province are stupas built on rectangular laterite bases facing the east. The temples were mostly built from sandstone and laterite. There are six Khmer temples in Surin: Prasat Meuang Thi, Prasat Chom Phra, Prasat Ban Phlai, Prasat Phum Pon, Prasat Yai Ngao, and Prasat Hin Ban Phluang.

Now let’s move on to Sisaket! Sisaket is home to as many Khmer temples as Surin is. The Khmer temples in the province are for example Prasat Don Tuan, Prasat Khao Phra Wihan (Preah Vihear Temple), Prasat Ban Prasat (Prasat Huai Thab Hin), and Prasat Wat Sa Kamphaeng Yai. Today Sukjai will tell you a bit about the history of Prasat Wat Sa Kamphaeng Yai since it is the largest and the most well-preserved Khmer temple in the province. From the evidence on temple’s lintel, it is presumed that the temple was constructed in around 16th century AD. If you love wandering around old ruins, Sukjai highly recommend this place.

Lastly, if you are a keen historical sites visitor, please help preserve and take care of them as you get by. Do not add any damages to them as they are themselves deteriorating. Keep them up so that our children have the chance to absorb the scent of ancient civilizations. Now just let Sukjai explore the region. See you sometime soon!

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