Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Prasit Panom Rung, The Mountain Temple

This is a very impressive site, constructed between the tenth and thirteenth centuries. I love pictures of people taking pictures, and I'm partial to this one of monks taking pictures of monks.

This is out in Isan, the province of Buriram. It's very close to the Cambodian border, and lots of the locals are ethnically Cambodian, speaking little or no Thai. If they speak anything besides Cambodian it's liable to be the local Isan language. About half of Thais speak one of the local dialects with their families and friends.

With all of the current troubles with Cambodia, people were a little jumpy. We were close enough to Cambodia to see it from the hill, certainly within artillery range. At one point a siren went off, and I wasn't the only one who perked up and started looking around.

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