During our trip through northeastern Thailand we decided to visit Phimai historical park. This park protects one of the most important Khmer temples of Thailand. It is located in the town of Phimai in the Nakhon Ratchasima (sometimes called Korat) province. This town is about 6 miles off of the main highway traveling from Bangkok to Udorn. The temple in Phimai marks one end of the Ancient Khmer Highway from Angkor. As the enclosed area of 1020 meters x 580 meters is comparable with that of Angkor Wat, Phimai must have been an important city in the Khmer empire. Most buildings are from the late 11th to the late 12th century, with similar style as Angkor Wat. However, even though the Khmer at that time were Hindu, the temple was built as a Buddhist temple, as Buddhism in the Khorat area dated back to the 7th century. Inscriptions name the site Vimayapura (which means city of Vimaya), which developed into the Thai name Phimai.
|View of one section of ruins|
|Elder and Sister Moleff|
I enjoyed talking with the young lady who works on site. She has worked on site here for about 10 years. Her husband is also works at the site. She really enjoyed telling me about the site. Her responsibilities mostly included landscaping upkeep. She was not a tour guide - but we got that kind of treatment for about 15 minutes that we got her attention.
|Note the worker down low in front|
|Worker with Elder Meeker - Elder Meeker never misses a change to use his Thai language skills.|
Based on her attire - you would assume it is cold - It was very hot that day (like every day in Thailand)
|Holding up the door frame|
|Wearing my hat as sun protection|
|In the center of the shrine with the Budda image|
|Nicely cared for grounds in the background|