September 14, 2016
Prasat Sikhoraphum Celebration 2016
When: 18 – 19 November 2016
This annual celebration is held every third weekend of November at the ancient Khmer monument of Prasat Sikhoraphum. The event is to show case the ethnic and cultural diversity of the local Khmer, Lao, and Suay people and includes numerous cultural performances and demonstrations, plus a host of stalls selling each of their particular food and handicrafts. In the evening and within the shadows of this once Hindu temple there is a spectacular light and sound show depicting its history.
North East Thailand houses a number of Khmer monuments, of which Prasat Sikhoraphum is one of the largest and best preserved. This Khmer monument is located North of Angkor (current day Siem Reap in Cambodia), which was the center of the ancient Khmer empire, it is also East of Phimai which also has an annual event on the 10 – 13th November.
Prasat Sikhoraphum was most likely built during the 11th or 12th century. It was constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva.
The temple complex consists of five prangs (Khmer style towers) set on a single laterite platform. The central prang is the tallest measuring 32 meters high. The central prang usually houses the linga, the sacred symbol that symbolizes the strength of the God Shiva. This prang is surrounded by four smaller prangs, that are placed in a square. The temple complex is oriented towards the East, as is usual with Khmer temples and is surrounded by a moat.
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