|Native Name||สะพานหิน, សាផានហ៊ិន|
|Alternative name||Sapan Khom, Saphan Khom|
|Part of||Muang Boran Sakon Nakhon|
|Commune||That Choeng Chum|
|District||Muang Sakon Nakhon|
|Builder||Jayavarmn VII (?)|
Located just northwest of present-day Sakon Nakhon city centre, Saphan Hin, (or Saphan Khom) is famous for being the only known Khmer bridge in Thailand. It has been pointed out that since the bridge supports are single pillars rather than arches it doesn't fit the standard Angkorian bridge design and should be considered a causeway rather than a true bridge but we feel these minor details are unimportant.
The structure clearly spanned a stream or swampy area and is located on what was the start of the ancient route connecting the important regional centres of present-day Udon Thani and Sakon Nakhon. Indeed Nittayo Road, which leads into Highway 22 and today links these destinations, was actually diverted during extension work in order to avoid the bridge, so today it sits in a narrow strip of parkland squeezed between the 2 southern and 2 northern lanes of said highway.
The intact laterite structure has seen considerable renovation and the bottom course of laterite blocks, supported by the aforementioned columns, has since been replaced by a supporting layer of concrete. After centuries of siltation, this bottom layer is today barely visible although the bridge supports are estimated to be some 2m to 3m in height. The steps at each end of the bridge are also a recent addition.
Quite how remote Sakon Nakhon came to be the proud owner of Thailand's only Angkorian bridge is a mystery but it does add emphasis to the importance of the ancient city as a late Angkorian regional centre.
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A collection of historic photographs, artist sketches, maps etc. (Please ensure that anything you do upload is free of copyright and/or you have permission from the original photographer/artist/author to share)
- Ban Don Mu Praisi
- Muang Boran Sakon Nakhon
- Nong Sa
- Phra That Choeng Chum
- Phra That Dum
- Phra That Narai Cheng Weng
- Prasat Phon Sim
- Sakon Nakhon Museum
- Saphan Hin
- Sra Pangthong
- Wat Doen Moksawadee
- Wat Klang Si Chiang Mai
- Wat Klang Si Chiang Mai Museum
- Wat Maha Phrom Phothirat
- Wat Nong Sim
- Wat Pa Don Hin
- Wat Pa Eo Kan Wipatsonwawat
- Wat Pa Nong Hoi
- Wat Si Saket
- Wat Si That (Khamin)
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