Prasat Muang Tam

Prasat Muang Tam
Prasat Muang Tam in Buriram

Close to Phanom Rung, this is another Khmer temple built in the early 11th century and dedicated to the God Shiva. Though not as spectacular it is still worth a visit. High walls surround the temple with large gates at the compass points; within the outer wall are L-shaped ponds in each corner. Naga causeways separate these ponds, leading to gates of the gallery that encloses the inner sanctum. Striking gateways in the gallery lead inside to the inner chapels, which are five brick-red towers built on a laterite platform, though only the base of the main tower remains. There are some interesting lintels especially the one of Uma and her consort Shiva riding the bull Nandi. Other carvings to watch out for are the Kala lion faces, floral designs and apsaras. Best for families or a group of friends, who can buy a combined ticket for Phanom Rung here.

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