In the past Buriram was a centre of Khmer civilization. There is not much to see in the small provincial capital but it is a good location in which to explore Khmer remains close by. One of the largest and most populated provinces in Issan, Buriram is often called the ‘City of Joy or Happiness’. A large proportion of the province is covered with forests and due to the lands fertility here the main occupation is rice farming.
Prasaat Phanom Rung built in the 10th-13th century A.D, is one of the most important Khmer monuments in Thailand. Phanom Rung was a Hindu Saivite (Shiva) monastery. Follow the path under Naga bridges to the main sanctuary and you will see lintels and sculptures depicting the Hindu Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. One of the most famous lintels here is The Reclining Vishnu Lintel which depicts Vishnu reclining on the back of the Naga King, Ananta; Phra Suphatthara Bophit is an image enshrined on the top of Khao Kradong Mount, about 6km from town.
To reach the mount you follow a steep, winding road. There is also a replica of the Holy Footprint here; Prasat Hin Muang Tam is thought to have been constructed in the 11th Century, inside the compound are three ponds while the structure itself is made of traditional old bricks. Door frames, wall surfaces and stone surfaces in the ponds are carved in beautiful designs.
The North Eastern Kite Festival is held every year in December at Huai Chorakhe Mak Reservoir. They have a kite procession using trucks decorated with a diverse range of kites, a beauty contest and an Aek kite competition. The highlight of the evening is a cultural show which closes the festival.
Prang Ku Suan Tang has three pagodas constructed of brick and mortar in the Khom style. The door panels have been carved and depict scenes from the story of Ramakian (Ramayana). The skillfully carved relief, Narai Bantomsin, was once stolen and sold abroad but has now been returned and is kept at the National Museum in Bangkok.