Built of laterite around the 12th century, Prang Ku was a minor religious sanctuary when the Khmer empire ruled over the area.
Rimmed by a low laterite wall, the central prang rises to perhaps 10 metres over the surrounding countryside. Inside the musty shrine room is an ancient Dvaravati-style Buddha image that was found elsewhere and placed here in relatively recent times. Locals offer the occasional flower garland and bathe the image in a yearly ritual held in April.
The site is otherwise devoid of details save what appears to be a cracked depiction of the Hindu god Indra on a badly damaged sandstone lintel. Wander to the back of the grounds to take photos of the central prang viewed through a series of stone passageways, which face east towards the rising sun.
If nothing else, a trip to Prang Ku proves just how rural Chaiyaphum really is. By the time you’ve walked just a couple of kilometres east of downtown to this site, you feel as though you’re well outside the city and into laid-back Isaan village life.
How to get there
Prang Ku is located less than two kilometres east of the traffic circle at the east end of Bannakarn Road. It’s a pleasant walk, but tuk tuks can take you here and back for around 100 baht if it’s too hot to walk.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 7th September, 2016.