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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Prasat Ban Prang

Prasat Ban Prang is a recently reconstructed Khmer Prang (tower) in the Khong district of Nakhon Ratchasima. It is located about 60 kilometers north of Korat City.

We took a short cut on a bad road.

The prang sits in a very open space surrounded by a moat.

It has a weird brick porch appended, off-center, to the eastern side.

The entrance is on the east side, as usual. The prang is constructed of large sandstone blocks and some brick. There is no laterite stone. Some blocks were recreated to complete the reconstruction. No attempt was made at aging them.

The top stones were not included in the reconstruction, so the interior is open to the sky.

The weird off-center porch.

I have no idea what this is. Perhaps to support a post for a wooden portico.

The lintel is gone. Probably gracing the fireplace mantel of some rich guy in Chicago.

I think this is the top stone.

This ring of stones would have supported the top stone.

Many pieces left over.

Moat in the foreground.

This huge rectangular reservoir is adjacent to the prang. It was probably built by the Khmer. The current community has no need of such a huge pond.

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