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NNational Museums - Northeastern Thailand

Ban Chiang National Museum (Bang Chiang)

Bang Chiang National Museum


Baan Chiang National Museum is located at Baan Chiang, Tambol Baan Chiang, Amphur Nhong Harn, Udonthani province. It is around 55 kilometers from the city. It is an important historic site in the northeastern region and Southeast Asia. Inside the museum, there are the displays of the evidence found in the Baan Chiang area and nearby such as earthenware, equipments etc. The visitors will be able to see the ancient way of living 5,000 years before the history.


Baan Chiang Museum is divided into 2 sections. The first section is located on the right of the entrance, in the area of Wat Po Sri. It is an opened museum with permanent exhibition that shows the process of excavating the ancient remains under the earth. Most of the earthenwares were buried with the corpse.


The second section is located on the left side of the entrance. It is a building that shows the story and culture of Baan Chiang before the historic time including the equipments and utensils that show the technology during that time. The Baan Chiang Exhibition used to be exhibited in the USA. In this section, there is also a knowledge center and seminar room for the visitors to gain knowledge.


Coordinates: 17.407233, 103.236228

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Khon Kaen National Museum (Khon Kaen)

Khon Kaen National Museum

พิพิธภัณฑสถานแห่งชาติ ขอนแก่น

Exhibits in the museum include:

  • The geography and geology of the prehistoric period

  • Settlements, utensils, burial rituals, and major archaeological findings

  • Ancient cities and communities

  • Period of recorded history

  • Dvaravati culture

  • Bai sema boundary markers, religion and beliefs, costumes, script, architecture, votive tablets, archaeological objects taken from the Muang Fa Daet Song Yang excavation site, Kamalasai District Kalasin Province.

  • Khmer or Lopburi Culture

  • Ancient cities and communities, religion and beliefs, ceramics, Thai-Lao culture

  • Evolution of art in Thailand Muang Khon Kaen

  • Traces of the past, history of the city, way of life, folk culture.


The Khon Kaen National Museum has gathered its collection from archaeological sites within North and Eastern Thailand (in particular, finds from Ban Chiang in Udon Thani province, which has been given UNESCO heritage site status). For a museum of its size, it has an extensive scope; Issan (or northeastern Thailand), once home to the Ban Chiang, Dvaravati, Lopburi and Khmer civilizations. Khon Kaen has played an important role in the area’s history.

The museum exhibits a range of architectural items, including marble slabs (or sema), ancient bas relief, stuccos and ancient tools. Amongst its other exhibits are dinosaur fossils, human skeletal remains, ancient musical instruments, pottery, Buddha images.[2]



Coordinates: 16.446109, 102.838498


Maha Wirawong National Museum (Nakhon Ratchasima)

Mahaweerawong Nakhon Ratchasima National Museum

พิพิธภัณฑสถานแห่งชาติ มหาวีรวงศ์ จังหวัดนครราชสีมา

Maha Weerawong National Museum is a museum that was built with the aim of gathering archaeological finds of Somdej Phra Maha Weerawong (Uan Tiaso) who was a famous monk of north eastern Thailand. While he was abbot of Wat Sutthachinda, Muang District, Nakhonratchasima, he also was gathering archaeological finds from many provinces and collected them at the temple.


In 1954, the Department of Fine Arts built one Thai style building in the area of Wat Sutthachinda and accredited it as National Museum.


Maha Weerawong National Museum not only displays archaeological finds of Somdej Phra Maha Weerawong, but also displays antiques that were excavated in Nakhon Ratchasima province and nearby provinces. There are Khmer stone Buddha images, old clay pottery, ancient carved woods, etc. This museum was named Maha Weerawong National Museum honour i



Coordinates: 14.972014, 102.097642

Phimai National Museum (Phimai)

Phimai National Museum



The museum houses collections of archaeological artifacts especially those found in the lower part of the region and has exhibits on the past cultural prosperity of the Northeast. There are several sections as follows:


Local Northeastern culture 

Daily utensils like mortars, cotton chests, carts and monk items lintels from sanctuaries in Nakhon Ratchasima and the Northeast prehistoric artifacts such as ancient pottery, skeletons, tools, and bronze and stone ornaments.


The history of Phimai 

Early history that includes Dvaravati-style temple boundary markers and Khmer-style items like columns and parts of buildings, as well as sculptures like Buddha images, god figures and a figure of King Chaiworaman VII made of sandstone found at Phrommathat Pagoda in Phimai sanctuary.


The second floor is devoted to the past cultural glory of the Northeast, early Northeastern communities and Khmer cultural influence.


Coordinates: 15.224822, 102.494430


Roi Et National Museum (Roi Et)

Roi Et National Museum


The Roi Et National Museum was founded by Dr. Ko Sawatdiphanit to showcase local silk textiles and handicrafts of Roi Et province. It was later renovated and turned into a national museum when the Fine Arts Department passed a policy to set up a national museum in the province. Today, it showcases the province’s geography, natural resources, archaeology, history, way of life and local hand-woven silk products.



Coordinates: 16.054091, 103.657327


Surin National Museum (Surin)

Surin National Museum

พิพิธภัณฑ์สถานแห่งชาติ สุรินทร์


The Surin National Museum has exhibits and information on the province, focusing on the area’s geography, archeological findings, history, ethnology and cultural heritage. The geography section covers, other than the expected topics of climate, geology and national parks, Surin’s history of rice and rice farming as well. The archeology section shows the time of the pre-historic era all the way to Dvaravatik Khmer and Ayutthaya-Lan Xang artifacts found in Surin. The town history covers the timeline of the Suay or Kuai ethnic group until the founding of Surin.

Meanwhile, the ethnology section features the province’s main ethnic groups, including the Suay (also known as Kuai).The last section describes the province’s cultural heritage, which includes handicrafts such as silverware and silk fabrics, but also includes skills such as performance and elephant husbandry.


Coordinates:  14.848412, 103.473787


Ubon Ratchatani National Museum (Ubon Ratchatani)

Ubonratchathani National Museum



Originallly this old edifice, built in 1918, was used as the City Hall. When the space became too small for the provincial administration offices, it was turned over to the Fine Arts Department, and turned into the present museum. The museum includes expositions on geography, geology, history, archaeology, folkloric customs and ethnology of Ubon Ratchathani province and neighbouring areas. The exhibits are spread over ten installations.


Coordinates: 15.227764, 104.857599


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