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Buri Ram, known as the City of Pleasantness, is one of the largest and most populated provinces in I-san. About 410 kilometers from Bangkok, it has a number of leading attractions, including the Prasat Hin Phanom Rung and the huge Buddha image atop Mount Khao Kradong.
BURI RAM 's ATTRACTIONS
Buriram Cultural Center situated in the Buriram Rajabhat Institute, was built to protect and preserve the unique culture of Lower Iran and to he the museum for alts and artifacts.
Buriram Bird Park is located at the Huai Talat reservoir, 15 kilometers from the town center on BuriramI'rakhon Chai road. The park is an ideal place for bird watchers. Various kinds of birds migrate to this reservoir during November and April every year.
Phanom Rung Historical Park is located between Amphoe Nang Rong and Amphoe Prakhon Chai at the right-turn on Km. 83-84 of Highway No. 24 and twelve kilometers further on. The well-known Prasat Hin Phanom Rung is on the top of the Phanom Rung Mount. It is a walled-in enclosure, with both the door frames and walls carved in beautiful desings of Lophuri Period style with Khmer influence. It is thought that it was originaly built as an idol temple according to Brahminic belief. Within the Prasat, or castle, is a throne hall built in the 12th century A.D. The beauty of the main prang of Phanom Rung lies not only in its plan, but in the vibrant stone carvings which cover large parts of the temple. Many lintels and pediments depict episodes from Indian texts such as the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and the Puranas.
Prasat Hin Muang Tam is located some 18 kilometers from Prasat Hin Phanom Rung. The sanctuary is also walled in. Within the compound are four ponds while the structure itself was made of old-style bricks. Door frames, wall surfaces and stone surfaces in the ponds are carved in beautiful designs. It is believed to have been constricted in the 11 th century.
Tao Sawai and Tao Nai Chian Ancient Kilns located 5 and 10 kilometers away from Amphoe Ban Kmat, have been excavated by the Fine Arts Department.The kilns had keen used in the production of glazed potteries during the period of Khmer dominance in this arcs, about the 9th to the 12th centuries AD.
Prang Ku Suan Taeng is located at Tamhon Thong Luang in Amphoe Phutthaisong. The three pagodas were erected of brick and mor tar in the Khmer style. Their door panels are carved depicting episodes from the epic of Ramakian (Ramayana). The etquisitely calved relief. Nat ai Bantomisin, once stolen and sold abroad. has now hem returned and kept at the National Museum in Bangkok.
Phra Suphatthara Bophit is enshrined atop Khao Kradong Mount, about six kilometers from town on the Buri Ram - Prakhon Chai Highway A winding road lords up to the mount top. A replica of the holy Footprint is also placed here.
Buriram Traditional Boat Races This annual regatta is staged on the Mun River in Amphoc Smirk during the first weekend of November. Celebrations include precessions and cultural performances as well as elephants swimming race.