Ancient Khmer sanctuary
Published/Last edited or updated: 8th September, 2016
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.
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.
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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