Si Sa Ket Travel Guide:
Huay Tap Tan Khmer Ruin
| Si Sa Ket Province is located in the northeast part of Thailand and it borders the neighboring country of Cambodia. The province is steeped in history and culture, especially from the Khmer era. In addition, the province is home to many tribes like Lao, Khmer, Yer and Suay.
The previous town of Si Sa Ket used to be known as Muang Kukhan. It was deemed a town during the Ayutthaya period in 1759. However, the town was relocated to its present location during the reign of King Rama V.
When you visit Si Sa Ket, you can see many beautiful ruins from the Khmer period. Each ruin is worth visiting for its beauty and finding out more about the region's history and culture. One ruin that is worth visiting if you are in Si Sa Ket is Huay Tap Tan Khmer Ruin, also known as Ban Prasart Khmer Ruin.
Huay Tap Tan Khmer Ruin is made up of three stupas. The stupas are made from bricks and rest on a foundation made from laterite. It is believed that there were 4 gates leading to the stupas but unfortunately today you can see only one gate, which is on the southern side.
Like all Khmer ruins, the main stupa is in the center and is bigger that the adjacent two. The strange thing about the main stupa is that instead of having a round roof, it has a rectangular one. This stupa has one gate on the eastern side which is framed with carved lintel. On the lintel you can see man who is standing above Kirti Mukha. This lintel is surrounded by a frame of flowers.
From the architecture, it is assumed that Huay Tap Tan was built in the 11th century and shows a mixture of Khlang and Bapuan art style. It is around 47 kilometers from Si Sa Ket City.