This Khmer sanctuary built in the same period as Pimai Sanctuary and it also built with the same pattern but smaller than the original. This sanctuary built by laterite and sandstone included the main building in the centre faced to the power direction "East". All centre group surrounded with a long gallery in square plan. There 's one incription which found here and translate by Princess Sirinthorn.It described about a person who do good will go to heaven,a person who do bad will go to hell. From the evidence, this sanctuary used to be a Hinduism temple and changed to be Buddhism temple in the later time.For now,this sanctuary housed some Buddha images.In the East of buildings's a laterite base called Noen Orapim.This name derived from the legend "Jataka Orapim-Pajit" which influenced to local legend.
This temple built by Ya Mo or Tao Suranaree and her husband,Chao Phraya Mahissara Thibodee.Ya Mo or Tao Suranaree 's the important woman who headed people to protect Khorat on the war with Anuwong Lao King.This temple was built in 2370 B.E. after the war and when Ya Mo died,her husband built the chedi to housed Ya Mo 's relic here. From the name Salaloi or Floating Hall. It derived from the legend told about the post war time,Ya Mo desired to build one temple donated for all death people in the war. She made a small model as hall from Banana plant and floated it in the river.She prayed that if that floating hall stop,she'll build the temple there.
Some interesting buildings here 're the Monument of Ya Mo statue in praying position,located in the center of pond. Modern style of Ubosot where built in 2510 B.E.It was designed as argosy and all walls decorated with terra cotta depicted about Buddha life.Old Ubosot where Ya Mo built in 2370 B.E. And the chedi where housed Ya Mo 's relic,built in 2395 B.E. by her husband.
I attend this festival and event almost every year, Khao Phansa Event. It's one of the most important events in the religious calendar. It be held in the eighth lunar month in July every year. Khao Phansa refers to the beginning of the Buddhist Lent.
During this time, Buddhist monks are restricted to their temples for a period of three months. Thai Buddhists will celebrate Khao Phansa in Buddhist temples in many provinces and Candle Festival is part of it. The days before the event, local people make ornately carved beeswax candles of various sizes and shapes.
On the festival day, the candles that each represents their district, are paraded around the town, accompanied by displays of religious devotion. After the procession, they are presented to local temples.
Dan Kwian is a village in Dan Kwian District, about 15 km from the east south of Nakhon Ratchasima downtown. It is a place where locals have been engaged in their Ceramic products manufacture for a long long time. All the ceramic products are famous for their unique look.
About the history, the village was a place where caravan stop between Nakhon Ratchasima and Cambodia, and all their vehicles were cart so it was caravan of carts stop, become a name of the village nowadays (Kwian=Cart). While they was stopping there, always made some utensils from local clay there and brought them home and found later of the special clay quality.
Nowadays the locals still make ceramics product from the local clay, a special black bronzed clay from The River Moun, and the ceramic products become one of the major export goods from Nakhon Ratchasima.
The oldest national park in Thailand. The national park is located not so far from Bangkok, around 3 hours drive from Bangkok or 45 min. drive from central of Nakhon Ratchasima. The National Park cover the area of 4 provinces; Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachenburi, Nakhon Nayok and Saraburi.
Khao Yai National Park nowadays is so famous, there are many range of trails in different kind of destinations, shortest and easiest is around 800 m to see small waterfall, 13 hiking trails (1-8 km), some trekking trails (2-4days) and birding trails.
I drove around in the area, very convenience, good road, many routes all around the park so it is easy to know there in roughly by driving around. Some attractions can get by driving to, such as Haew Suwat Waterfall but some need to walk only to.
There are some houses for rent to stay over night in the area and the park provide the area for camping, visitors can bring own tents or rent them there. I visited the park on weekend and be able to see how much popular of the place, so crowded, the area of campsites full of colurful tents.
You can see more detail of the national park at Ban Khao Yai page.
The Reclining Buddha image or local call Phra Non, it’s the most ancient and largest a Reclining Buddha image that made from red sand stone. The image was built around 1200 B.E. Now the image is located in Thammachak Semaram Temple, Sung Neon District where there are some more small ancient sites which believe were built in the same period. This place I drove only half hour from central of Korat town. The district is also very rural and natural.
This temple located in the city center. The interesting thing is the Ubosot where decorated with wood carving on the pediments.It assumed to be built in Ayutthaya period.