Ban Chiang National Museum
Ban Chiang is an archeological site in Nong Han District, Udon Thani Province, Thailand. It was discovered in 1966, and was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1992. The site is famous for its beautiful red painted pottery, and has revealed a great deal about the cultural and technological conditions in prehistoric Thailand.
The Ban Chiang Museum offers visitors a look at various artifacts and provides information about the site and its historical importance.
My first impression of the museum was of its focus on King Bhumibol Adulyadej‘s visit to the site, the questions he asked and the comments he made. He did donate money that helped the project to proceed. My second impression was of the space spent on showing what archeological digs look like.
The museum does display a lot of different artifacts from the site.
With few such projects happening previously in Thailand, this one offered a lot of history that was unknown before. For example, this archeological dig revealed that Thailand entered its Bronze Age around 2000 BCE.
The museum grounds feature attractive gardens and art.
The area around the museum has clearly benefited economically from the archeological site and museum. The street is filled with gift shops like those shown below as well as restaurants and cafes.
Lum Khut 1 Ban Chiang World Heritage Site
Lum Khut 1 Ban Chiang World Heritage Site is next to Wat Pho Si Nai, just down the road from the museum.
This site is a dig left in a state that allows the public to appreciate what was found by archaeologists.
A structure shelters the dig from the elements and creates a museum-like environment.
Phuttha Utthayan Wat Pa Dong Rai
Phuttha Utthayan Wat Pa Dong Rai, located a 20 minute drive from the museum, is a small temple shaped like a lotus flower floating on a lake.
Food can be purchased for feeding the fish in the lake, which go into a satisfying frenzy.
A sign for the temple features red painted pottery, and also sheep for some reason.
The inside is beautifully painted.
We didn’t spend much time exploring the surrounding area, but we did visit a captive alligator held nearby.
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