BURI RAM, 21 March 2017: Phanom Rung Historical Park Festival 2017 will be held 31 March to 2 April, an event that attracts hundreds of visitors to witness a spectacular sunrise that shines though entrances positioned east-to-west in the sanctuary.
The ancient Khmer temple was constructed so that at a single time of the year the early morning sun shines perfectly through all of the 15 entrances.
According to Tourism Authority of Thailand, the annual festival offers the chance for visitors to see the rare phenomenon which occurs just once a year.
The festival also allows visitors to witness the rarely seen or “buang suang” ceremony, or invocation ritual, followed by a colourful procession representing each of the six districts in Buri Ram. The celebration pays homage to the gods and celestial beings.
In the evening a traditional Northeast Thailand or Isan-style dinner is served along with cultural presentations and traditional cultural performances. A spectacular Phanom Rung Devalai light-and-sound presentation that illuminates the temple constitutes the evening’s grand finale.
During the day, stalls sell a range of souvenirs, village handicrafts and products from the local communities of Buri Ram province.
Prasat Hin Phanom Rung is an ancient Khmer temple complex set on the rim of an extinct volcano at 402 metres (1,319 ft) elevation, in Buri Ram province. It faces Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
It was built of sandstone and laterite in the 10th to 13th centuries as a Hindu shrine dedicated to Shiva, and symbolises Mount Kailash, his heavenly dwelling. In 2005, the temple was submitted to UNESCO for consideration as a future World Heritage Site.
The site is about 50 km south of the province town.