Khmer ruins emerge from pond in hot season

Tapieng Roun revealed by drought in Thailand's Surin province. Source: Bangkok Post 20160524

Falling reservoir waters caused by the hot season periodically causes ruins to emerge from the ground. One recent example is Tapieng Roun (Khmer – Trapeang?) in Surin province.

Tapieng Roun revealed by drought in Thailand's Surin province. Source: Bangkok Post 20160524
Tapieng Roun revealed by drought in Thailand’s Surin province. Source: Bangkok Post 20160524

Khmer ruins revealed as reservoir dries out
Bangkok Post, 24 May 2016

The ruins of an ancient Khmer temple have been revealed by the receding water in a reservoir that has dried up in Buachet district near the border with Cambodia.

The temple is called Tapien Roun by the people of Otalan Pattana village in tambon Charat. “Tapieng Roun” in the Khmer language means a temple in a pond surrounded by indigenous trees called “roun”.

It is located close to the Thai-Cambodian border, about one kilometre from the village.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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