Muang Sing Historical Park in located in Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand. From the centre of Kanchanaburi it is approximately 25 minutes drive away. It protects the remains of two Khmer temples dating to the 13th and 14th centuries. It was declared a historical park in the late 1980’s.
Prasat Mueang Singh was later abandoned until the reign of King Rama I when the area of Mueang Singh had become one of border cities of Kanchanaburi. The restoration of structures hasn’t completed until 1987, though.
The main remaining structure is Prasat Mueang Sing (Tower of the City of Lions) itself, a Khmer-style architecture with influences from Lop Buri arts. It is framed by 800 x 1,500 meters city walls. During the excavations, historians found precious artifacts, antiques, pottery and religious ornaments with more than 2,000 years of history.
Having recently been to the old city ruin’s at Ayutthaya Historical Park I set my expectation’s low given Ayutthaya’s shear size. Mueang Sing is like one small street block of Ayutthaya, with only 2 main ruin temples on the site.
What it does have though is lush green gardens, low traffic flow from tourists and a very relaxed atmosphere. Visiting the ruins should be done in conjunction with other sites int he area, given your time spent walking the grounds will be less than an hour.
Within the historical park, the first section is artefact museum, which has a collection of ancient artefact’s found in the historical park.
The artefact’s are also exhibited for visitors to educate how these objects were built and decorated in the past. 2000 year old skeletons found here are also included in the display.
The other section is the ancient ruin, which are the buildings and structures preserved in the historical park. In this section, visitors can walk around to see cloister in Khmer style, the deity statue having 8 arms and hands and many things interesting in Khmer style.