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I am a bit bored with my Russian pictures or rather I am not sure if you are interested in them. I upload the Workshop pictures and very few people look at them. Who takes care to read the note. What to show that would be exciting and interesting?
I have a folder called "Various" where I have copied some pictures from other disks to have them at hand in case I would need them. Benny showed the modern Khmer temple from Vietnam. When we hear about Khmer architecture we think mainly about the Angkor complex. But there are fantastic monuments also in Thailand. But who would go to see the Khmer temples in Thailand when there are beautiful beaches more interesting?

Having a lot in common with Angkor Wat, Phimai is an example of classical Khmer architecture. Ancient Khmer architects were best known for their superior use of sandstone over the traditional bricks and laterite architectures. Sandstone is used on the visible outer layer. Laterite on the other hand was used for the inner wall and other hidden parts. All the structures are huge sandstone blocks. There are many lotus-shaped roofs representing Mount Meru (Hinduism's holy mountain).

Khmer temples in general, as well as Phimai in this case, were intended to resemble the universe. The main building resembles the peak of Mount Meru at the center of the universe. The surrounding walls resemble the water and encircling mountains.

The Phimai historical park (Thai: ปราสาทหินพิมาย) is one of the largest Khmer temples of Thailand. It is located in the town of Phimai, Nakhon Ratchasima province.

The temple marks one end of the Ancient Khmer Highway from Angkor. As the enclosed area of 1020x580m 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, built in the Baphuon, Bayon and Angkor Wat style. However, even though the Khmer at that time were Hindu, the temple was built as a Buddhist temple,since the inhabitants of the Khorat area had been Buddhists as far back as the 7th century (After Wikipedia)

Gert would be disappointed that there is no one here. But there is no one there in the area. We had all the complex to ourselves. (I was with a few of my friends).



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