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NNational Museums - Southern Thailand

Chaiya National Museum (Chaiya, Surat Thani Province)

Chaiya National Museum

พิพิธภัณฑ์สถานแห่ ชาติไชยา


The museum consist of two buildings featuring prehistoric and historic artifacts in the vicinity, local handicrafts and a shadow puppet. Artifacts displayed are from the Dvaravati, Lop Buri, Sukhothai and Ayutthaya eras.


Coordinates: 9.384634, 99.184301


Matchimawat National Museum (Songkhla)

Matchimawat National Museum

พิพิธภัณฑสถานแห่งชาติ มัชฌิมาวาส


Museum resides in the compound of 'Wat Klang' or 'Wat Matchimawat', its official name.


Many ancient art objects found around Mueang, Sathing Phra and Ranoad districts. Some artefacts date from prehistoric times. Many Dhvaravati votive tablets made of clay. Sculptures include a Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, Shiva, Guvera, and Buddha images of different styles.


Coordinates: 7.194800, 100.591862


Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum (Nakhon Si Thammarat)

National Museum of Nakhon Si Thammarat

พิพิธภัณฑสถานแห่งชาติ นครศรีธรรมราช

Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum occupies the area of the former Wat Suan Luang Tawan Ok. The museum was opened in 1974 and displays artifacts found in the four southern provinces of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Surat Thani, and Chumphon. The national library building opened in 1976 owns good collections of books sent by the National Library in Bangkok for locals to study. The highlight here is the local handicrafts room.


Coordinates: 8.400396, 99.969740


Songkhla National Museum (Songkhla)

Songkhla National Museum

พิพิธภัณฑสถานแห่งชาติ สงขลา

The Songkhla National Museum was constructed  on Chana Road in Chinese-style back in 1878 to serve as the residence for Songkhla’s ruler. The place later becomes residence of Songkhla’s upper administrative officers, the City Hall before converted into the museum for exhibiting southern artifacts in 1953. Today, the museum is the place to study and appreciate local archeology, history, culture and the creation of folk art as well as the remarkable artifacts collection of Na Songkhla Family, an ancient family that used to rule the city.


Coordinates: 7.202365, 100.588658


Thalang National Museum (Phuket)

Thalang National Museum




Opened on 14 March 1989, Thalang National Museum was established to collect and store historic artifacts of the local area to portray the history of Phuket. The exhibitions are displayed in four different themes: 1: Phuket Island and Early inhabitant of the Andaman, 2: The Battle at Thalang, 3: The Chinese and Development of Phuket, and 4: Phuket People. The museum also tends to honor Thao Thep Krasattri and Thao Si Sunthon, two sisters who played the big roles during the Battle of Thalang and helped save Phuket from invaders.


Coordinates: 7.980997, 98.366812


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