Phanom Rung Historical Park

Royal Walkway Phanom Rung Historical Park

Is a grand and majestic Khmer site over a thousand years old. Build on an extinct volcano, it is originally a Hindu religious site and later became a Buddhist one.

During the 15th-18th Buddhist century, several additions were made. The first thing visitors see when they arrive at the site is the grand stairway from the foot of the hill up to the top. Most of the buildings of the sanctuary are made of laterite and sandstone, all with elaborate designs. The buildings are lined all the way to the main pagoda. This layout is according to Hindu belief of the layout of the heaven of the god Shiva.

The main pagoda is a large one with a square base and facing east. The design on the pagoda, columns, doorway and lintels are exquisite, most telling a story of Gods in Hinduism.

From these designs and the architecture, it is surmised that the pagoda, the stairway and the Naga bridge were build during the 17th Buddhist century. Each building has descriptive designs telling people the purpose for its construction, its usefulness and the beliefs of ancient people.

Things to do in Phanom Rung Historical Park


Royal Pavillion, Phanom Rung Historical Park

The building was then assumed to be Plab Pla Plueang Khrueang or a changing pavilion where tin royalty changed their costumes before entering the sanctuary’s complex. The pavilion is an…

Outer Gallery, Phanom Rung Historical Park

Gallery or Rabiang Kot is a set of long buildings that encloses the principal Prasat. There is an entrance porch on each of the four galleries. This outer gallery is…

Vamanavatara, Phanom Rung Historical Park

Vamanavatara, Phanom Rung Historical Park

“Vamanavatara” or “Vishnu Trivikrama” is the earthly incarnation of Vishnu to release the three worlds: the earth, the heaven, the underworld. Vishnu took the appearance as a dwarf Brahmin named…

Second Naga Bridge Phanom Rung Historical Park

The second Naga Bridge is a cruciform platform connecting the terrace to the eastern entrance (Gorupa), there is a relief of an eight-petalled lotus in the middle of the platform…

Staircase Phanom Rung Historical Park

There art five sets of stairs up to the Sanctuary, each with believed to have been decorated with a standing lion sculpture to symbolize the protector οf the Sanctuary. Conical…

Royal Walkway Phanom Rung Historical Park

It is believed the Royal Walkway for paying a visit to the Sanctuary. The walkway was paved with laterite and was 7 meters width and 160 meters in length connects…