Thursday, November 19, 2009

Resting at Ban Bu

Prasat Ban Bu lies in the grounds of a school by the same name
If you visit Phnom Rung and Muang Tam, in Northeast Thailand, you will also find yourself in the vicinity of another of the 'dharmasalas', or rest-houses, that are dotted along the Angkor to Phimai Royal Road. Located 6kms from Muang Tam and en route as we made our way towards the Thai-Cambodia border to visit the Ta Muen group of temples, is Prasat Ban Bu. Today its only worth a quick stop as the laterite tower has disappeared and just the shell of the chapel remains, within the grounds of a school. I couldn't find any carving aside from a solitary pedestal and the ruined nature of the site, constructed under Jayavarman VII's rule in the late 12th century, means its only for real temple anoraks, like me.
The sandstone windows line the southern wall of the chapel
The shell of the dharmasala is all that remains today
Signs in Thai and English like this, can be found at all of the temples we visited


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carvings, carvings please! We want carvings from the Khmer temples in Thailand! ABCB-RR & Omb
(Andy Brouwer's Cambodia Blog - Readers' Representative & Ombudsman)

November 22, 2009 at 2:17 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

There are lots more pictures to come. I have only just scratched at the surface of my trip. many carvings will be coming your way soon :-)

November 22, 2009 at 3:30 PM  

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