Prasat Muang Tum by leananiemand

Prasat Muang Tum

We loaded our bicycles and cycled the 500 m to the ruins of Prasat Muang Tum, which date back to the 10th and 11th centuries. Muang Tum was built in Angkor style during a time when large parts of Thailand were controlled by the Khmer empire. Interestingly, it is situated on the ancient road between Angkor Thom (today Siem Reap, Cambodia) to Phimai in Thailand. This was once a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva in the days when this area was Hindu and not Buddhist as is the case today. The fall of the Khmer Empire is a puzzle that archaeologists and historians have struggled with for decades. Although I believe that there were many reasons for the weakening of the empire, it is thought that one thing that contributed was the change of religion. The introduction of the Buddhist religion in the 13th century apparently (and understandably) sparked a controversial disagreement throughout the monarchy. The new religion out-ruled the “God-king” system and encouraged people to seek their own beliefs and abandon worldly things. Phew, I think that could be the end of just about any modern country today!
a magnificent capture, love the different shapes and sizes of brickwork. The history is fascinating too.
June 15th, 2018  
Spectacular photo that shows off the intricate carvings so nicely. How impressive that it has withstood the test of time and climate
June 15th, 2018  
I really like all the textures and colours
June 16th, 2018  
So old. Lots of texture and lines in this
June 16th, 2018  
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