Prasat Phanom Wan, Nakhon Ratchasima
Entrance to Prasat Phanom Wan, Nakhon Ratchasima
Prasat Phanom Wan is located some 20 kilometes from Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat). We have visited the sanctuary 7 or 8 years ago and again at the end of 2010. During that period some major restoration work has been done. We remember it is as a rather dull and less inspiring place some years back, but now it has become an interesting area to visit.
It is located some 5-6 kilometers off highway number 2.
Prasat Phanom Wan was built during the 10-11th century. As most other Khmer sanctuaries (but not Phimai), its main entrance and temple structures face east.
While in the past it was dedicated to Lord Shiva, later many Buddha Images were placed inside the sanctuary, and now a large Buddha Image is standing in the main tower. Some of its linters are (again) in place. The grounds are well kept, and it is pleasant to walk around the temple compound. It is not as impressive as Prasat Hin Phimai, Prasat Phanom Rung or Prasat Muang Tam, but is certainly worth a short visit.
Buddha Image at Prasat Phanom Wan