Stay away from the main road and trek in the remote and remote Ethan area to explore–LP, a rare solar connection phenomenon in Angkor-era temples.
The next morning, just after breakfast, I was in a hurry to ask the wife of shop-owner the way there. Wife of shop-owner vaguely said that she didn’t need to take a bus to Khorrat, but went to another place (I can’t remember clearly), where she could take a bus to Panonan. As a result, when she asked at the station, the conductor suggested that I go to Khorrat first. Then I changed to Panonan, so I followed their advice.
As soon as I got out of the station, I just saw a bus leaving for Khorrat, so I stopped it quickly and broke into the bus. The seat was surrounded by strange Thais, especially a Thais sitting next to him, with tattoos on his face and looking fierce, but don’t be nervous-although he was in a foreign country, although the people around him were not of the same nationality as me, the friendly and gentle eyes of the Thais created a friendly atmosphere, and I didn’t feel stiff in it. Along the way, I enjoyed the picturesque scenery on both sides of the road. Nissan “Isuzu” trucks roared past the window. In the distance, industrious people are working in the fields under the scorching sun, a classic pastoral scenery-although the weather is hot, people are well dressed, which is actually the best way to protect themselves from the sun. More than an hour later, the car finally arrived at Khorat City, an industrial city in Thailand and a city where tourism gave way to life. There are still several distinctive buildings on both sides of the busy streets.
Soon, arrive at the station. Immediately, many people came to ask me where I was going. I said I was going to Panonan. Immediately, someone took me to the ticket window. The conductor told me that it was very troublesome to get there. There was no direct bus, only to go to a small town called “Ban-ta-ko” and then change buses from there. However, I learned very early that it was difficult to go there, which I made psychological preparations very early. After buying the tickets, I just walked around the station casually. The bustling station was quite large and lively. There were many buses sent out every day. It was 260 kilometers away from Bangkok. The buses to Bangkok were available 24 hours a day, at any time, and there were more than 100 trips a day. Small business vendors peddle all kinds of fast food everywhere.
The bus to the south of Panon left at eleven o’clock at noon. After getting on the bus, I was very sleepy, so I took a nap in a daze. When I woke up, the bus had already left Khorrat. From time to time, one or two shops dealing in various handicrafts and pottery flashed across the road. The passengers next to me changed one after another, with students and farmers. No matter which one, they were very friendly. And their occasional greetings added a little vitality to the boring journey, making people aftertaste. From time to time, passengers alighted from the bus on the way. They always walked to the driver with the map and asked if they had arrived. The driver reassured me that he would definitely call me when he arrived at the destination.
After a long journey of more than three hours, the bus finally arrived at the small town called “Ban-ta-ko”.
After getting off the bus, many people came over and asked if they would go to the Temple of Panon Blue. I said yes, the cost was 400B back and forth. But at that time, I wanted to stay there for one night, so I asked them how much money they would not get back. Perhaps due to communication problems, they were unwilling to make a counter-offer, and then I did not intend to stay there.
When I got on the motorcycle, I put my luggage on the bus, stayed away from the noisy road and turned onto the path. Rows of tall Arenga pinnata trees stood beside the paddy fields in the fields, which was a good pastoral scenery.
After more than half an hour’s motorcycle ride, I turned onto a winding mountain road and finally climbed to the top of the mountain. Only then did I reach the Temple of Panonan.
The carefully renovated Panonan Temple is located in Thailand’s Wulinan Prefecture, just above the top of an extinct volcano. This used to be the territory of the Khmer Angkor Empire. Angkor’s kings built many Khmer-style temples here. Panonan Temple is the largest and best preserved Khmer-style site in Thailand.
The driver parked his car in the parking lot and asked me to visit. He agreed to wait for me.
Up the steps, there are shops specializing in tourist souvenirs along the road.
Further inside, it is the gate, ticket 200B, entering the gate, first a piece of green full of green.
Forward, finally saw the ruins. Sanitation workers are carefully cleaning the ruins nearby.
Further forward, I finally saw a walking passage paved with red clay and granite. The grass was growing in the gap between the paved rocks. On the passage, the edges and corners of the stones had been blurred and had gone through many vicissitudes. On both sides are stone pillars with lotus flowers and buds, typical of Khmer style.
At the end of the passage is a python guardrail. Of course, there are several python guardrails along the steps. At the end of the passage is the first and largest python.
Go to the end of the passage and climb up the steps. The two sides of the steps are surrounded by 16 Khmer-style pythons with 5 heads.
Further up, it is the main temple of the temple.
The central temple of the main temple, typical of Khmer style. Its cross section is cross-shaped and there is a cross-shaped spire. There is a long corridor around it, and each corridor has an entrance. In front of the temple is an artificial stone pool, in which lotus leaves and water lilies float, which is a kind of beauty beyond the world and customs.
The stone lintel above the entrance of the temple is really beautifully carved.
As the temple was under repair and could not be entered, it went round and round around the temple. Only then did we find that the whole temple was exquisitely carved, no matter the front door or the back door, no matter the entrance or the surroundings. The stone pillars on the wall and the stone piers under the corner are all works of art. I can’t help admiring the exquisite carving skills of ancient skillful craftsmen.
The carvings are all stories of ancient Hindu Buddhism and Hinduism. For example, the Hindu God Vishnu appeared in the world as a divine cow, and the wars between the tribes of God and other stories.
There were fifteen entrances to the whole temple, It is said that at a specific time of year-the first week of March and September, there will be a unique solar connection phenomenon in the world-the sunlight will shine on the 15 entrances of the main temple at the same time, forming this rare solar connection phenomenon-of course, this rare phenomenon has no chance for most people, and I am no exception, unfortunately.
The stone cone tower at the top of the temple looks lofty and straight under the afternoon sun, especially majestic.
The great Temple of Panonan is an outstanding representative of the heyday of Angkor’s artistic achievements, like a bright pearl inlaid on the Thai-Cambodian border.
Go around to the back of the temple, where trees are shaded and the environment is elegant. The endless Great Plain at the foot of the mountain extends as far as the Thai-Cambodian border. Looking far into the distance, I feel relaxed and happy.
After a short rest in the shade, I felt that I had stayed in the temple for a long time. It was almost five o’clock, and I had stayed in the temple for a long time. So I decided to go home and walk out of the gate. I saw that the motorcycle driver was waiting patiently. I was not in a hurry. I was used to it. It seems that the tourists who come here to admire the ruins are not just taking a cursory look.