Si Sa Ket Travel Guide:
Sra Kampaeng Yai Khmer Ruin
| Sra Kampaeng Yai Khmer ruin is one of the biggest and best preserved ruins from the Khmer period in Si Sa Ket Province. If you are eager to see this ruin, all you need to do is make your way to Wat Sra Kampaeng Yai which is located Sra Kampaeng Yai district of the province.
Once to come to Sra Kampaeng Yai Khmer ruin, what will amaze you are the 3 stupas standing on the same foundation. The stupas face east and like all Khmer ruins, the principle stupa is the one middle.
The main stupa is built out of sandstone and bricks and it has beautiful lintel worth seeing. The lintel shows the Hindu God Indra riding his 3-headed elephant, Erawan. The other two minor stupas on the either side are also made from bricks and sandstone, and have their own decorations that are awe inspiring.
Just in front of the stupas are 2 viharas made from brick. The walls of the vihara are made are made sandstone and laterite and have Gopuras that face north, south east and west. The vihara that faces north has a lintel that shows Hindu God Vishnu in a reclining position while the lintel in the south shows God Shiva and Goddess Uma seated on Nandi, the holy cow.
This beautiful Khmer ruin is under the care of Division of Archaeology of the Department of Fine Arts. During archaeological excavations many antiques were found here, including images of Lord Buddha. Based on the decoration of the lintels and the architectural style of Sra Kampaeng Yai Khmer ruin, the Division of Archaeology assumes the Sra Kampaeng Yai was built in the 11th century as a Hindu temple and was converted into a Buddhist temple in the 13th century.