Photo: A minor religious sanctuary, back in the day.

Prang Ku

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Built of laterite around the 12th century, Prang Ku was a minor religious sanctuary when the Khmer empire ruled over the area.

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Though it doesn't compare to Phimai or Phanom Rung, the site is worth a visit if you have a particular interest in Khmer ruins or are simply looking for a leisurely side trip from Chaiyaphum town.

Prang Ku proves just how rural Chaiyaphum really is. Photo taken in or around Prang Ku, Chaiyaphum, Thailand by David Luekens.

Prang Ku proves just how rural Chaiyaphum really is. Photo: David Luekens

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.

The damaged lintel. Photo taken in or around Prang Ku, Chaiyaphum, Thailand by David Luekens.

The damaged lintel. Photo: David Luekens

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 ... Travelfish members only (Around 100 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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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.

Prang Ku
Bannakan Rd, Chaiyaphum
Admission: Free

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