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a journey back to Phimai. During the trip, they lost a new-born son and died. Finally, the hermit brought their life back and the family lived happily together at Prasat Nang Bua Tum. Architectural Construction Prasat Nang Bua Tum contains of three laterite buildings, constructed in row from north to south face east. The three buildings share the same rectangle laterite foundation, having a stair at the east. The construction details are cited as following; The central prasat was constructed with laterite having the entrance at the east. The entrance decorated with craved colonnettes, having three sandstone imitated doors adorned with carved wooden colonnettes. Doorstep’s floor decorated with lotus motif in square frame. The northern prasat was built with laterite and adorned with the same architectural components as the central prasat. The southern prasat was constructed with laterite and decorated with the same architectural components as the central prasat.

square frame was found at the floor of the central prasat’s entrance.

Archeological and Historical Significances of the Site Prasat Nang Bua Tum is a group of three buildings on the same foundation constructed as the temple of community, ca 11th-12th centuries. The Parsat is one of the evidences suggested the Khmer influence in this region. This small complex of three prasat was deteriorated overtime. Only the foundation and ruenthat (room structure) were survived along with lintels Archeological Evidences and colonnettes. At present, the Prasat is not yet Three sandstone lintels with the same dec- renovated but still in a proper condition. orations; garland and leaf motifs as the frame surrounding the story depicted in the center, the Location characteristic denoted to Khmer Art-Baphuon style, Mu 2 Ban Sra Thala, Tha Thum Sub-district, Tha ca middle 11th-early 12th centuries. The stories Thum District, Surin Province represented in the three lintels including Indra on his three-headed elephant Erawan, Vishnu defeated To Go There Kuwalapitha Elephant, and Vishnu fighting Charuna. Take the route 214 (Surin-Chom Phra-Tha Thum) Sandstone sculpture pedestals and octagon col- from Surin municipal, turn left from Tha Thum District onnettes were also discovered. The leaf and floral for 4 kilometers (pass Ban Tha Thum, Ban Prasat, decorations suggested the date of 11th century. Ban Sra Thala). Prasat Tha Thum is on the right in Sandstone craving in eight-petaled lotus motif in Wat Pathum Sila Wari area. TrACKING DOWN THE GLORIOUS PATHS

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Surin Civilization  

Tracking Down The Glorious Paths of Surin Civilization

Surin Civilization  

Tracking Down The Glorious Paths of Surin Civilization

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