Khmer Ruins

Prasat Ban Bu Yai Khmer Ruin

Although Prasat Ban Bu Yai (ปราสาทหินบ้านบุใหญ่) lies in total ruin and most significant carvings are gone, when you see the size of the lotus-bud top (several pieces of it are visible in the rubble) you can tell that this was once a large temple.

part of lotus-bud top

part of lotus-bud top

part of lotus-bud top

It had a single sandstone tower that can only be said to have been built in the 11th to 13th centuries. There is a second, smaller pile of rubble alongside the main one, but these blocks were moved there and are not from a second building. No laterite or brick can be seen.

pile of rubble

pile of rubble

view of all the rubble

A few other specific pieces besides the lotus-bud finial can be identified including a pedestal, parts of a door frame, and what appears to be a piece of pediment. One of the later is propped up behind a small, stone-carved Buddha that was put here to receive offerings. The owner of a restaurant nearby told us that the pile was a lot bigger when he was a student at the school about thirty years ago and some of the pieces that have disappeared since them had floral designs on them. He felt quite sure that were no lintels or statues at that time.

stone with floral pattern carving

broken pedestal
Broken pedestal.
section of door frame
Section of a door frame.
stone that appears to be part of pediment
A piece of the pediment?

 

long sandstone block

food offered to the Buddha shrine

At Wat Bu Yai, the temple in back of the school, a section of a false door is kept in front of a shrine.

shrine with section of false door

section of false door

Location – Ban Bu Yai School, Ban Bu Yai, Tambon Sung Noen, Amphoe Sung Noen, Nakhon Ratchasima Province
Other names – Prasat Hin Ban Bu Yai (ปราสาทบ้านบุใหญ่), Prang Sila Laeng (ปราสาทศิลาแลง)

 

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