Prasat Muang Tam

Coordinates: 14°29′48″N 102°59′1″E / 14.49667°N 102.98361°E / 14.49667; 102.98361
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Muang Tam
Prasat Hin Muang Tam
DistrictPrakhon Chai
Prasat Muang Tam is located in Thailand
Prasat Muang Tam
Location in Thailand
Geographic coordinates14°29′48″N 102°59′1″E / 14.49667°N 102.98361°E / 14.49667; 102.98361
TypeKhmer architecture
Completed10th Century CE

Prasat Muang Tam (Thai: ปราสาทเมืองต่ำ, RTGSPrasat Mueang Tam, pronounced [prāː.sàːt mɯ̄a̯ŋ tàm]; lit.'lowland castle') is a Khmer Hindu Temple in Prakhon Chai District, Buriram Province, Thailand. It is primarily in the Khleang and Baphuon styles, which dates its primary phases of construction to the late-10th and early-11th centuries. The primary deity was Shiva, although Vishnu was also worshipped there.

Like most Hindu temples, Muang Tam is oriented towards the east. It has a flat concentric plan, with a central sanctuary and two surrounded successively by an inner enclosure, ponds, and an outer enclosure. The ponds between the enclosures are an unusual feature of the temple, as is the central sanctuary, which is not elevated and has its towers arranged in rows of three and two. All the towers except the central one have been restored.

Kala are particularly prominent in the lintels of the temple. They are the best available aid in dating the structure, but the mix of styles (Khleang and Baphuon) makes accurate dating impossible. Several of the lintels on the outer gopuras are unfinished.

A small probably contemporaneous with the temple, lay to the east, while a later, larger baray survives further north between Muang Tam and Phanom Rung.

Prasat Hin Muang Tam


  • Freeman, Michael. A Guide to Khmer Temples in Thailand and Laos. Weatherhill, 1998.

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