Phanom Rung Historical Park
Buriram is one of largest and most populated province in Thailand, about 410 km from Bangkok and
situated in North-East (Isan) with several extinct volcanoes around the province.
Buriram Province is the location a number of archaeological discoveries of pre-historic
human habitation and ancient ruins from the Dvaravati period (6th-11th centuries C.E.)
The most important historical evidence found includes more than 60 sandstone sanctuaries
scattered around the area. There are also discoveries of important Khmer pottery kiln sites
that date back to the 10th – 13th centuries and Buriram contains abundant sandstone sanctuaries
built by the Khmer Kingdom at Angkor, including Phanom Rung, easily Thailand's most
stunning Khmer monument.
Although, in the town has limited attractions and activities for visitors, the provincial countryside
is filled with ancient ruins, many of which are no more than rubble, but include the Khmer sanctuary
of Phanom Rung, one of the best preserved Angkorian temples in Southeast Asia and a premier destination
for witnessing sunrises and sunsets when the sun is aligned with the doorways of the temple.
||: Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham and Surin
||: Sakaeo and Democratic Kampuchea
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|Distances to Other Provinces
|Distances from Mueang District to Other Districts
|Plab Pla Chai
||Ban Mai Chaipot
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Festivals & Events
Buriram Kite Festival
: Huai Rat District
Every year on December at the sports stadium in Huai Rat District, the festival is held on
the first weekend of December or during the harvest season when the northeast monsoon winds
blow across the region. At this time, local people make “aek” kites, a traditional kite
of the Northeastern people. Buriram province organized the first Isan Kite Festival in 1986
to conserve and publicize the local tradition of the Lower Northeast. There is also a kite
competition among the locals who come from the surrounding districts and villages.
During the event there are also colourful kite parades, folk performances,
shows and booths displaying the local products.
Buriram Royal Trophy Long Boat Races
: Satuk District
Buriram is an annual this event in the first weekend of November in front of Satuek District
office to vie for a trophy awarded by His Majesty the King and H.R.H. princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
Buriram and other nearby provinces would gather to join the boat racing. A highlight of
the races is the elephant swimming contest and there is also a parade of fancy decorated
boats during the event. Something to watch is also the elephants parading through the city
to the accompaniment of lively music.
Phanom Rung Festival
: Phanom Rung Sanctuary, Mueang District
The province organizes the annual festival on the first of weekend of April at
Phanom Rung Historical Park. Local people to climb up to the mountaintop to pay
respect to the Buddha’s footprint and put gold leaf on it and the visitors can enjoy
light and sound presentation, art and cultural performances, the parade of
Phupatin Laksameethewee, local food dinner, OTOP selling and the history
of Phnom Rung performances.
Phra Chao Yai Wat Hong Fair
: Putthaisong District
The festival is held annual on February during the 14th
day of the waxing moon to
day of the waning moon in the 3rd lunar month at Putthaisong District.
It is a fair to pay homage to and for applying gold leaf on the Phra Chao Yai,
a highly revered Buddha image of the people of Buriram. Celebrations go on for three days
and include a variety of entertainment.