Phimai National Museum

Nakhon Ratchasima Province

One of the biggest and best museums in Isan, the Phimai National Museum is well worth a visit. Situated on the banks of Sa Kwan, a 12th-century Khmer reservoir, the museum consists of two spacious buildings housing a fine collection of Khmer sculptures from not just Phimai but also many other ruins from around Isan. Though the focus is on the Khmer era, there are also artefacts from Muang Sema, distinctive trumpet-mouthed and black Phimai pottery from Ban Prasat and Buddha images from various periods.

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Phimai city's northern gate, built by King Jayavarman VII in the 13th century.

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Phimai city's western gate, built by King Jayavarman VII in the 13th century.

6. Clock Tower

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Phimai's little clock tower marks the middle of the town.

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