Phra Bat Historical Park
Situated in Ban Phue District, this archaeological
site features a large number of ancient buildings and ancient objects
of both prehistoric and historic times. They are mostly of Dvaravati,
Lop Buri, and Lanchang style.
The site is located in a thriving forest
called Pa Khua Nam. In addition, within the site are many rocks
of peculiar shapes which resulted from glacial movement millions
of years ago. It can be seen that most of the ancient buildings
and objects found in this area were modified from what was naturally
available and not built entirely by human beings. For instance,
a rock was decorated to make a stupa or was chiseled into the shape
of a foot.
The site was declared a historical
park by the Fine Arts Department in 1991. Archeological evidence
found at the site includes Phra Phuttabat Bua Bok, Phra Phuttabat
Lang Tao, Phra Phutta Bat Bua Ban, religious buildings modified
from rocks, sandstone bai-sema (leaf-shaped stones marking the limits
of a Buddhist temple), sandstone images and idols, cave paintings
and stone axes.
Phu Phra Bat Historical Park covers
the entire area of the Phra Phutthabat Bua Bok which is around 1,200
acres. In addition to the beautiful landscape, caves and caverns,
rocks of different sizes and shapes dot the area. Moreover, pre-historic
paintings over cliff faces have been discovered, although many leave
only the faintest of traces.
Visitors are recommended
to explore Tham Non Sao Ae, Tham Woa Daeng, Tham Chang, and Tham
Sung to see the paintings that depict the livelihood of pre-historical
community which can be traced back to approximately 2,500-3,000
bai-sema, sandstone images and idols of Dvaravati era are also discovered
at Poeng Hin Po Ta – Luk Koei.