Prasat Ta Muean Antiguities

A group of 3 castles are located on Thai-Cambodian border. From Surin city to the castles, use Highway No. 214 through Prasat-Chong Jom route to Highway No. 2121. After 25 kms. long, there will be a side road to Tamieng Village which will take another 12 kms.
Prasat Ta Muean


was built to be used as one of the 17 rest stop for the pilgrims (Dharmasala). The building, standing alone with a perfect condition, was made of sandstone and laterite. There was a long room connecting to the front building. It was presumed that the castle had been built by the command of King Chaiyaworawan VII along the route linking Yasothon Pura, the capital of the Khmer Empire to Phimai.

Prasat Ta Muean Thom

(Thom means big) is the biggest one in this group, located on Phanom Dong Rak range on the route linking Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom To Prasat Hin Phimai. It is now Hidden in a deep forest. Behing the balcony is Cambodia border. The castle, made of pink sandstone, consists of 3 prangs: the main biggest prang in the middle and the other 2 prangs on each side of it. In the east and west of the castle stand 2 laterite halls with a surrounded sandstone balcony and 4 arches on each side. The arch in the south is the biggest one with staircases from the mountain base in Cambodia. Outside the balcony in the north is a bond. At the foyer of the balcony in the southeast, there is a Khmer inscription, mentions about Phra Kalapakrisna. Therefore, this castle was presumed to be built in the 16th Buddhist century before the other 2 ruins in this group.


Prasat Ta Muean Tot

(Tot means small) is the most perfect Arogayasala, consists of the main square-shaped prang with one front balcony. It was made of laterite and sandstone surrounded with a laterite wall. In front of the wall is a pond. There is only one arch in the east. The castle had been build in the east. The castle had been built in the reign of King Chaiyaworaman VII (around the 18th Buddhist century).