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Mueang Sing Historical Park

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Location: 43 km (27 mi) West of Kanchanaburi, Kanchanaburi Province

Found: 9th century

Info: TAT, Kanchanaburi

Tel. 0-3451-1200

Open: 8am- 4:30pm daily

 

 

 

Description of Mueang Sing Historical Park

Mueang Sing Historical Park or Prasat Muang Sing is an ancient city 43 km (27 mi) West of Kanchanaburi, Kanchanaburi Province in Thailand. It was constructed between 857 AD and 1157 AD then the Khmer Kingdom was still thriving. Prasat Muang Sing is a Khmer temple dating from the late twelfth century, early thirteenth century, built under the reign of Jayavarman VII, in the style of Bayon. It is the most westerly known Khmer temple to date.

The modern name means "sanctuary of the city of the lion", and this name is very probably the original one (an inscription on the Preah Khan stele in Angkor, which is still in place, mentions Srijayasimhaipura (city of the victorious lion) as one of the sites to which Jayavarman VII sent a statue of Jayabuddhamahanatha. The importance of Mueang Sing comes from its strategic position on the road to the Three Pagodas Pass that leads to Burma. It was certainly a garrison town to guard and protect the western border of the Khmer Empire, but it was also an important trading center.

 

The sanctuary is at the center of a much larger city of Prasat Muang Sing, and all the ruins form a microcosm representative of the universe. The city limits are surrounded by a wall, measuring approximately 800 x 1400 meters. The shape is not quite rectangular, as the southern rampart runs along the bank of the Kwae Noi River. Inside this vast enclosure, is a series of 7 concentric moats and earthen ramparts on the north, east and west sides, representing the seas and mountains of the celestial empire. Inside is the sanctuary of Prasat Muang Sing itself, with an outer enclosure of 81 by 104 meters, which represents about one-tenth of the city. The central part consists of a rectangular gallery, interrupted at the four cardinal points by four gopuras.

 

 

 

 

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