Phu Phra Bat Buabok Forest Park

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Phu Phra Bat Buabok Forest Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
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Rock formation in Phu Phra Bat Buabok
Map showing the location of Phu Phra Bat Buabok Forest Park
Map showing the location of Phu Phra Bat Buabok Forest Park
Location within Thailand
Nearest cityUdon Thani
Coordinates17°44′0″N 102°21′30″E / 17.73333°N 102.35833°E / 17.73333; 102.35833Coordinates: 17°44′0″N 102°21′30″E / 17.73333°N 102.35833°E / 17.73333; 102.35833
Area13 km2

Phu Phra Bat Buabok (Thai: วนอุทยานในภูพระบาทบัวบก) is a forest park in Ban Phue District, Udon Thani Province, northeast Thailand.

Named after two Buddha footprints carved into rocks in the Lan Xang style, the park is on a disconnected sandstone hill in the western area of the Phu Phan mountains. The hill tops at 352 m elevation, and extends 9 km in the north-south direction and 2 km in the east-west direction. Three major kinds of forest are found at the hill: dry dipterocarp forest at the foothills, mixed deciduous forest in the plain surrounding the hill, and dry evergreen forest on the hill itself.

The park covers an area of 13 km2 of the Pa Kua Num Forest Reserve. It was officially gazetted on 20 February 1996. 5.4 km2 of the area form the Phu Phra Bat Historical Park, which was established in 1981, covering the 81 cultural sites on the hill at the rock outcrops.

The forest park together with the historical park have been on the tentative list of future world heritage sites since 2004.[1]

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