In the northern east Thailand, there is a Hindu temple which is now historical park. Phimai historical park was built as a Hindu temple in 12 century and was in the Kingdom of Angkor ruled by Khmer people. However, even though the Khmer at that time were Hindu, the temple was built as a Buddhist temple. There is saying about that, it used to be built as Hindu temple, but late convinced to Buddhist temple.

The temple marks one end of the Ancient Khmer Highway from Angkor. Only the center of the site is now shown as a historical park, surrounded by the walls. The size is very big (1020 x 580 meters) so it is considered as one of the capital site of Khmer Empire so with Angkor Wat, Phimai must have been an important city in the Khmer empire.

This park is very well-preserved and shows that Thailand accept various culture in their early history.


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