Literature Botanical Garden It is the regional literature botanical garden of the
Northeast. It covers a total area of about 1,000 rai, featuring plants mentioned
in Thai literature.
This is in Tambon Pha Nam Yoi, 85 kilometres from Yasothon. Plants here are from
Thai literature like Phra Wetsandon and Lilit Phra Lo. There are also herbs categorised
according to their medicinal attributes.
Ku Phra Kona The central prang was renovated in 1874 by plastering and making the
roof into tiers. Each tier has niches of Buddha images in four directions. The front
of the central prang was a Wihan of the Buddha’s footprint, decorated with the original
six headed Naga. The other two prangs were also renovated, but they remain in their
usual styles; unlike the central prang which has been considerably changed. The northern
prang was covered with a sala building providing shelter for a gable depicting the
Ramayana. Meanwhile, the lintel carving that represents the reclining Vishnu remains
in situ above the front entrance.
The lintel of the western false door was laid on the floor; it depicts the God Vishnu
mount Garuda. The southern prang still has lintels above the false doors. The one
North depicts a deity kneeling inside a stylised arch above the Kala face. In front,
also a fallen lintel depicting the God Siva on his bull.
There are also some causeway boundary stones lying over there. It is assumed that
Phra Kona formerly had a Nagabridge and causeway lined with boundary stones on both
sides from the front entrance pavilion ( Gopura ) to the lake ( Baray ), which was
about 300 metres away. All sculptural features suggest that Ku Phra Kona probably
from the Baphoun period, or the 11th Century.
To get there: It is 60 km. from Mueang district along Highway No. 215, passing Mueang
Suang and Suwannaphum districts. Then, take Highway No. 214 for 12 km. Ku Phra Kona
will be on the left hand side. There is a rubber plantation at the entrance and a
lot of monkeys
residing in the temple.
Tham Pha Nam Thip Non hunting Area It comprises steep and complex undulating sandstone
mountains with abundant dry evergreen forest, deciduous forest, and deciduous dipterocarp
forest. Fauna found in this area include boars, barking deer, foxes, monkeys, squirrels,
Roi Et Province, Literature Botanical Gardens and Ku Phra Kona