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Prasat Hin Phimai

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Prasat Hin Phimai, part of Phimai Historical Park, stands as a majestic reminder that the Khmer were in charge long before Thai people arrived in the area. The sanctuary broke with the east-facing orientation that’s typical of Khmer religious sites, instead facing south towards the kings in Angkor who oversaw a powerful and artistically gifted empire.

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Constructed of sandstone and laterite in the 10th and 11th centuries, Prasat Hin Phimai displays Hindu attributes along with a strong emphasis on Mahayana Buddhism, which was unusual at the time. Architects and artists working on the central 28-metre-tall prang, the largest in Thailand, developed and anticipated the style of Angor Wat a century before it was built.

The grand entrance. Photo taken in or around Prasat Hin Phimai , Phimai, Thailand by David Luekens.

The grand entrance. Photo: David Luekens

French and Thai archaeologists oversaw a major restoration in the 1960s, piecing together countless blocks like a giant jigsaw puzzle. As of 2016, Prasat Hin Phimai is on a tentative list for consideration as a UNESCO world heritage ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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