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Visit Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park (Kanchanaburi)

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Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park

Thai name : อุทยานประวัติศาสตร์เมืองสิงห์

GPS : 14.039413,99.245139 (See on the map)
Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi
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Presentation

Prasat Muang Singh is a Khmer complex whose central element are the ruins of its temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. These are the most western ruins from Khmer Empire discovered in Thailand. Its construction dates from the 13th and 14th centuries. The city (muang in Thai languauge means city) was abandoned until the reign of King Rama I (1782-1809). Muang Sing is on the banks of the Kwai Noi River, the 7-meter-high perimeter walls were constructed with laterite, the entrance and exit gates are located on all 4 sides , there are 6 ponds and 4 main religious structures to visit.

The main archaeological site n°1 is the Prasat (castle) located just opposite the main door.
Archaeological site No. 2 is the stone castle located on the northwest side adjacent to the glass wall. Archaeological excavations have uncovered a large number of bases of sandstone sculptures, such as the statue of Avalokiteshvara, the statue of Buddha seated under the Naga, the statue of Prajnaparamita and many images of the terracotta Buddha.
Archaeological site No. 3 is a small structure built of bricks and laterite. Stone plaques are erected at each exterior corner of the structure, with the possible purpose of serving as boundary markers for the temple. Archaeological excavations have revealed numerous images of metal Buddha with a lead texture.
Archaeological site No. 4 is a square one-storey laterite building located further south-west.
Muang Singh was declared historical park in 1987. It is not the most remarkable Khmer site in Thailand, the most beautiful temples of this style remaining Phimai and Phanom Rung and Prasat Muang Tham in Buriram province but it is still interesting to visit Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park.

Practical information about Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park

Open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission fee: 100 THB per person + 50 THB for a car. The park is large so by walking, it is not easy to visit every corner but no problem to visit the Prasat, central element by walking. There is no bicycle for rent at the entrance.
There is no public transport to get to the entrance of the Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park, however, it is a short kilometer walk from Tha Kilen train station, there are 3 trains per day from Kanchanaburi (see train timetable Kanchanaburi - Tha Kilen here) and 2 to Kanchanaburi but only one during the day, the other being early in the morning (see train timetable Tha Kilen - Kanchanburi here). So organize yourself well if you choose to go to Prasat Muang Sing Historical Park by train but it is obviously more practical to have your own transportation. It is often interesting to combine this visit with Tham Krasae Bridge, the most visited part of Kanchanaburi Death Railway.

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