Photo: This minor site probably served as a stop off for travellers heading from Angkor to Phimai.

Prasat Hin Phanom Wan

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Receiving far less attention than its big sister up in Phimai, Prasat Hin Phanom Wan is an ancient Khmer sanctuary located in a tranquil spot near Khorat city. Believed to hail from the 11th century, the minor site probably served as a stop off for travellers heading from Angkor to Phimai.

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Rimmed by a square-shaped laterite wall with four gorupa entrances, the main sandstone structure includes a corridor with circular rivets in the window pillars that mimic the graceful style found in Phimai. While it was originally a Hindu sanctuary, several stone Buddha images that were added later look haunting when sunlight flows inside.

Its free of charge and usually empty of visitors; why not spin by? Photo taken in or around Prasat Hin Phanom Wan, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand by David Luekens.

Its free of charge and usually empty of visitors; why not spin by? Photo: David Luekens

The centerpiece is a large prang with multiple tiers rising to a lotus-shaped finial. Nearly all of this structure appears to have been added during fairly recent restorations -- clean white stone, as opposed to the original brown or red, makes it easy to see which blocks are original. Only shadows of detail can be seen on a few lintels and ornaments placed around some of ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 100 words.)

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