Buriram


Buriram’s history dates back to the wealthy and developed Khmer Civilization. Many of the structures built during the Khmer rule of the region still stand today The wonderfully restored and popular Phanom Rung is the best example of the Khmer influence in Isaan.


The Province of Buriram is divided into twenty-four districts: Mueang Buriram, Nang Rong, Lam Plai Mat, Prakhon Chai, Phutthaisong, Satuek, Krasang, Ban Kruat, Khu Mueang, Lahan Sai, Nong Ki, Pakham, Na Pho, Nong Hong, Phlapphla Chai, Huai Rat, Non Suwan, Chalerm Phra Kiat, Chamni, Non Din Daeng, Chaloem Phra Kiat, Ban Mai Chaiyaphot, Ban Dan, and Khaen Dong.
Buriram is 410 kilometers east of Bangkok and has a geographic area of 10,321 square kilometers.

Though most parts of Buriram are rural there are still many things to see and do in the Province:


Ku Suan Taeng
Ban Mai Chaiyaphot District

This Khmer sanctuary at Ban Don Wai can be reached by using the Buriram-Phayakkhaphum Phisai road (Highway No. 219) for 70 kilometres, then left onto Highway No. 202 to Prathai for about 40 kilometers where there is a left-hand road to Ku Suan Taeng. This is another Khmer site with 3 brick pagodas on a single laterite base. The famous Narai Banthom Sin lintel was discovered here and is now kept in the National Museum in Bangkok. The lintel proves this site dates from the 17th Buddhist century.

Phanom Rung Historical Park
Chaloem Phra Kiat District


This is a grand and majestic Khmer site over a thousand years old. Built on an extinct volcano, it is originally a Hindu religious site and later became a Buddhist one. During the 15th-18th Buddhist century, several additions were made.

The first thing visitors will see when they arrive at the site is the grand stairway from the foot of the hill up to the top. Most of the buildings of the sanctuary are made of laterite and sandstone, all with elaborate designs. The buildings are lined all the way to the main pagoda. This layout is according to Hindu belief of the layout of the heaven of the god Shiva.

The main pagoda is a large one with a square base and facing east. The designs on the pagoda, columns, doorway, and lintels are exquisite, most telling a story of gods in Hinduism. From these designs and the architecture, it is surmised that the pagoda, the stairway and the Naga Bridge were built during the 17th Buddhist century. Each building has descriptive designs telling people the purpose for its construction, its usefulness and the beliefs of ancient people.

Phanom Rung is open daily from 06.00-18.00 hrs.

Getting to Phanom Rung by car is easy. The sanctuary is 64 kilometers to the south of Buriram town. There are 2 ways to get there. Visitors can proceed from Nang Rong to Prakhon Chai (Highway No. 24) and upon reaching Ban Tako, there is a 12-kilometer road to Phanom Rung. Alternatively, if visitors proceed from Prakhon Chai, there is a road from there to the sanctuary with a distance of 21 kilometers. This route passes a branch road into Muang Tam sanctuary. Visitors can rent air-conditioned vans in town.

Visitors traveling by bus from Nakhon Ratchasima can take the Nakhon Ratchasima-Surin bus and get off at Ban Tako (124 kilometers from Nakhon Ratchasima). From Ban Tako, a motorcycle service is available to take visitors to the site (fare according to agreement). There is an accommodation near the site.


Khao Angkhan Temple (Wat Khao Angkhan)
Chaloem Phra Kiat District


Wat Khao Angkhan is on an extinct volcano 20 kilometers from Phanom Rung. If travelling from Ban Ta Pek (between Ban Tako and Phanom Rung), use the road to Lahan Sai for 5 kilometers and onto a branch road to the temple for 10 kilometers. Wat Khao Angkhan represents an interesting mixture of architecture from various periods. Inside the main building are wall murals and stories of Buddhism told in English. Furthermore, many Dvaravati sandstone temple boundary markers have been discovered here.


Buriram Cultural Center
Mueang District


The Center is located in the Rajabhat Buri Ram University, Amphoe Mueang. Collections of antiques, local textiles, mural paintings and various exhibitions are on display. Open daily (except national holidays), Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m.-7.00 p.m. Weekends from 8.30 a.m.-4.00p.m. Tel. 0 4461 1221} 0 4460 1616 ext.159


Khao Kradong Forest Park
Mueang District


This Forest Park is 6 kilometers from the city on the Buriram-Prakhon Chai road (Highway No. 219). Khao Kradong is an extinct volcano that is 265 meters high. The summit of the mountain has a pool that is believed to be the mouth of the volcano. Around the area are several plant species worth studying and Phra Suphattharabophit, an important Buddha image of the province.


Lower Northeastern Cultural Center
Mueang District


This cultural center is in Buriram Rajabhat Institute. It has collections and displays of artifacts and is a local archaeological, historical and arts study center. Exhibitions of the center include:

- Geography, history and ancient community.
- Elephants and the culture of the Suai people, including tools used in capturing elephants, items in elephant rituals and photos of elephant corralling in the old days.
- Local woven clothes.
- Wall mural about the Twelve Month Ceremony of people in Northeast.
- Pottery and Chinese ceramics found in Buriram.

The center is open from Monday to Friday from 09.00-16.00. It is closed on weekends and holidays. For more information, please contact tel. 0 4461 1221 ext. 159.


Nong Hong Sanctuary (Prasat Nong Hong)
Non Din Daeng District


Prasat Nong Hong is another Khmer sanctuary about 100 kilometers south of Buriram town near Laem Nang Rong dam. The sanctuary comprises 3 brick pagodas built on the same laterite base and surrounded by a laterite wall and a moat. It dated from the 16th Buddhist century.


Ban Khok Ngio Sanctuary (Prasat Ban Khok Ngio)
Pakham District


This stone sanctuary is 3 kilometers before Pakham, or 75 kilometers from Buriram on No. 218 and 348. This ancient Khmer site is in Wat Khok Ngio and it acted as a sort of local health office in ancient times. King Jayavoraman VII ordered its construction in the 18th Buddhist century.


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