Prasat Phanom Rung temple Located on top of Phanom Rung Mount, which is an extinct volcano. Phanom Rung is a magnificent ancient Lopburi art and one of the most significant places in Thailand. This religious site was built to honor Lord Shiva, the highest Gods in Hinduism. The Phanom Rung Mountain and temple on the hilltop, symbolizes Mount Krailas which is the heavenly dwelling of Lord Shiva, and liken to be the center of universe as well. Several additional buildings are constructed atop of the mount since the 15th -18th Buddhist century.
The name “Phanom Rung” is a Khmer word “Wanang roung” which means The vast mountain. The word appears in Khmer inscriptions found at Prasat Phanom Rung. Moreover, the temple’s creator name was also found, as “Naren Tharathit” a lineage of Mahithon Pura, the royal cousin related to the King Suriya Woraman II, the builder of Angkor Wat.
Getting there by car from Socool Grand Hotel, Estimate duration of 20 minute, total distance around 25 Km.