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Visit Prasat Sikhoraphum (Surin)

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Prasat Sikhoraphum

Thai name : ปราสาทศีขรภูมิ

GPS : 14.94447000,103.79900139 (See on the map)
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Presentation

This small Khmer temple is located in Sikhoraphum about 30 kilometers from Surin. It was built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II for Hindu worship. Prasat Sikoraphum is composed of five sandstone brick towers towers made of brick on a base made of laterite. There are sandstone bas-reliefs on the main tower depicting Shiva, Brahma, Ganesh, Vishnu and Uma. The door frames have sets of apsaras, devatas and dvarapalas. The temple was converted for use by Buddhists in the 16th century. Arcitectural contributions by Laos are evident on the tower roofs. The name comes from the sanskrit word shikhara, meaning tower sanctuary of South India.
If you are in the area and did not see temples of this style yet, visiting Sikhoraphum may interest you but the temple is very small. It is worth seeing when there are there cultural events taking place on the site otherwise you may be dsiappointed. Anyway if you are traveling by car, it can be part of a small circuit around all the khmer ruins in Surin Province.
Every year is held on Friday and Saturday of the third weekend of November, a light and sound show with traditional dances and costumes.

Practical information about Prasat Sikhoraphum

You can get to Sikhoraphum by train (7 baht in 3rd class, it takes a little more than half an hour), it is the most convenient way to go there, hopping the train won't be late. The temple is 1.5 km away from Sikhoraphum train station. You can easily get there by foot or hire a motorcycle taxi. There are always some of them in front of the station. Fare is 20 baht, double if you want the driver to wait for you and bring you back to the train station. Otherwise songthaew 1487 go from Surin to Surin, minivan 4400 too.
Admission fee: 50 baht
You can also make a quick visit to the Wat Ra Ngaeng opposite to the train station on the other side of the rail track for its beautiful statue of Buddha walking. A good way to make the waiting for next train more fun.

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Prasat Sikhoraphum is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :

  • Dress properly (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Take off your shoes when entering the buildings
  • Be quiet
  • Don't hug or kiss
  • Don't point your feet to Buddha's image
  • Don't smoke

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