Sunday, August 28, 2011

Bizarre rocks and cave paintings
in Phu Phrabat Historical Park

See the location on Phu Phrabat Historical Park Google Map

Picture by onbangladesh
Ho Nang Ussa หอนางอุสา

Near Ban Phue บันผือ, around 50 kilometers northwest of Udon Thani and 50 kilometers southwest of Nong Khai lies Phu Phrabat Historical Park อุทยานประวัติศาสตร์ภูพระบาท, on a plateau on sandstone (120 meters above sea), from where you have an excellent view across the ricefields of the Mekong plain. In the park you discover bizarre geological formations, cave paintings, temples and prehistoric dwellings. The shape of the rocks resulted from glacial movement millions of years ago. You find buildings, that are not entirely built by human beings, but formed under rocks. Im some caves red paintings show men and animals (Tham Khon ถ้ำคน, cave of the men, and Tham Wua ถ้ำวัวแดง, cave of beef). They are said to date from 5000 till 6000 before Christ, other sources date them later.

Picture by onbangladesh

Picture by onbangladesh

Picture by onbangladesh

There is a forest on the plateau. In an opening inside you discover Wat Phra Phutthabat Bua Bok (วัดพระพุทธบาทบัวบก): Some Chedis and a prang, that is an imitation of Wat Phra That Phanom in Nakhon Phanom. Inside there is a footprint of Buddha. A bit more to the south lies Wat Phra Phuttabat Bua Baan (วัดพระพุทธบาทบัวบาน).

Read also "As weird as it gets", atory in Bangkok Post.

1 comment:

  1. How i wish to visit this place soon:) love it. Thank you so much for sharing this blog.