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inscription denoted the story of King Jayavarman VII who constructed the hospitals, the same content as those unearthed at Prasat Ta Muan Tot. Archeological evidences discovered from the excavations by Fine Arts Department in 1987 were the heads of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva and Vajra Bodhisattva. During the excavations of Fine Arts Department in 2009, portions of Buddha sheltered by Naga were unearthed. Archeological and Historical Significances of the Site In Prasat Chom Phra area, the discoveries of evidences suggested late prehistoric-early historic human settlements beforetime of Prasat’s construction. Later the Prasat was then the center of a community influenced by Khmer empire. Prasat Chom Phra was an arokayasala or a Mahayana Buddhist temple in the hospital, constructed during the reign of King Jayavarman VII, in Khmer art-Bayon style, ca 13th century. Prasat Ta Prom Inscription (1186) also mentioned the building of 102 hospitals throughout Khmer empire during King Jayavarman VII’s reign. The Parsat is one of the evidences suggested the Khmer influences in this region during 13th century.

Architectural Construction Prasat Chom Phra was constructed as an arokayasala (hospital), Khmer art-Bayon style, ca 13th century. The main temple is located at the center. The library is positioned at the southeast. The Prasat is surrounded with walls having gopura arch at the east. The water pond is situated at the northeast outside the walls. The construction details are cited as following; The main temple was constructed with laterite in square planning with the entrance and balcony at the east. The library, constructed with laterite in rectangle layout with the entrance at the west and a window at the south, is located at the southeast of the main temple. The walls and gopura arch were built with laterite in rectangle planning surrounding the Prasat. Gupura Location Ban Sri Dong Bang, Chom Phra Sub-district, arch is located at the east in cruciform planning with Chom Phra District, Surin Province a window on the southern wall. The water pond having edges covered with To Go There laterite is situated at the northeast. Take the route 214 (Surin-Chom Phra), 26 kilometers from Surin municipal to Chom Phra District, Archeological Evidences Inscription stone (Surin Inscription II), in Khmer turn right and go straight for 500 meters, pass alphabets, Sanskrit language, ca 13th century, was the water pond to the location of Wat Prasat Chom found in damage condition. However, the remained Phra and Prasat Chom Phra. 20 | เส้นทางอารยธรรม มรดกล้ำ�ค่าสุรินทร์

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