Posted on: 25th February 2016
Korat or Nakhon Ratchasima or Khorat is among the four major city of Thailand’s Isan region. Korat is known for its various attraction highlights which include numerous sites ranging from National parks to temples to recreational venues or art destinations.
Located at the center of Phimai town, Phimai Historical Park is one of Korat’s historical jewels which houses and protects one of the most important Khmer temples of Thailand – Prasat Hin Phimai. Well linked by road, one can easily reach the historical park from Korat with 50 minutes through Route 2; book a car rental for Korat and take home a deal which offers numerous benefits offered at reasonable prices.
Prasat Hin Phimai’s Brief Introduction
This historical legacy found in this park is epitome of Angkor architectural style. Historic records state that at the time of its construction, Khmer was still a Hindu Kingdom but the temple was built as a Buddhist Wat with some reliefs depicting scenes from Ramayana and other depicting the life of Buddha. It has been recognized that Prasat Hin Phimai’s buildings were constructed using three different styles of Angkor architecture – Baphuon, Bayon or Angkor Wat style. The fact that ancient Khmer highway from Angkor ends here clearly states that Phimai and Prasat Hin Phimai temples were of great important at the time of Khmer Kingdom.
The fact that these ruins of Prasat Hin Phimai temple dates back to 11th century endows this park a great historical value. As per the information provided by visitor center the temple was built by a king named Jayaviravarman. In 1901 all the contents of the building were listed by a French geographer and in 1936 Government was made responsible for the protection of these historical masterpieces. Major renovations and restorations were carried out in 1964 to 1969 through a Thai-French project.
It was opened to public in 1989 and at present is being looked after by the Fine Arts Department.
Opening Time: 7:30 am till 6 pm
Admission Fee: 40 Baht