Monday, June 30, 2014

Historical Parks in Thailand

Thai cards sent by Emerich, both showing historical parks. 

Photography: Jatuporn Rutnin
The old city of Si Satchanalai  is a historical park in Si Satchanalai district, Sukhothai Province, northern Thailand. Together with the associated historic parks in Kamphaengphet and Sukhothai, it was declared a World Heritage site in 1991. 
While it offers similar Sukhothai era temples and monuments, it is much less visited than Sukhothai. 
The old city of Si Satchanalai is considered the sister city of historic Sukhothai, and existed contemporary with Sukhothai. Direct family members of the Kings of Sukhothai usually ruled nearby Si Satchanalai. During the reign of King Li Thai (1347-1368) many temples were built and restored at Si Satchanalai. - in:

Photography: Jatuporn Rutnin
Prasat Phanom Rung is an historical park located in Buriram.
Prasat Phanom Rung is one of the most significant Khmer monuments in Thailand. It was built in the 10th-13th century A.D. Phanom Rung was a Hindu Saivite (Shiva) monastery. Sculptures also present images of Vishnu. A processional way leads through Naga bridges to the main sanctuary. Lintels, pediments depict the Hindu Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, with also scenes of the Ramayana. The most famous lintel (Vishnu Anantasayin) depicts Vishnu reclining on the back of the Naga King Ananta. This lintel disappeared for many years outside the country, but was recently returned.
The setting of Phanom Rung is quite scenic, with views of the countryside all around. The site is probably the most visited Khmer monument in Thailand. - in:

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