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The Temple Prasat Hin Phimai
The term Issan not only describes the people of this area but also the whole cultural range of food, architecture etc.. and is derived from the Sanskrit name for the Mon-Khmer kingdom of ISANA. this kingdom flourished in the pre-Angkor days and the remaining Lao-Khmer language and dialect of Issan reflects that influence. The many temple features left by the Khmers include shrines in Surin, Buriram and up to the famous Wat That Phanom on the Laos/Thai border, with Angkor wat being the grand daddy of them all in the south.
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