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Ban Chiang archeological site and nearby temples

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.

Red painted pottery display
Red painted pottery display

The Ban Chiang Museum offers visitors a look at various artifacts and provides information about the site and its historical importance.

The Ban Chiang museum
The Ban Chiang museum

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.

Museum display
Museum display

The museum does display a lot of different artifacts from the site.

Pottery from the dig
Pottery from the dig

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.

Museum display
Museum display

The museum grounds feature attractive gardens and art.

Museum grounds
Museum grounds
Museum area
Museum area

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.

Street in front of the museum
Street in front of the museum

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.

Wat Pho Si Nai
Wat Pho Si Nai

This site is a dig left in a state that allows the public to appreciate what was found by archaeologists.

Lum Khut 1 Ban Chiang World Heritage Site
Lum Khut 1 Ban Chiang World Heritage Site

A structure shelters the dig from the elements and creates a museum-like environment.

Lum Khut 1 Ban Chiang World Heritage Site
Lum Khut 1 Ban Chiang World Heritage Site

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.

Phuttha Utthayan Wat Pa Dong Rai
Phuttha Utthayan Wat Pa Dong Rai

Food can be purchased for feeding the fish in the lake, which go into a satisfying frenzy.

Feeding the fish
Feeding the fish

A sign for the temple features red painted pottery, and also sheep for some reason.

Sign with pottery and sheep
Sign with pottery and sheep

The inside is beautifully painted.

Phuttha Utthayan Wat Pa Dong Rai
Phuttha Utthayan Wat Pa Dong Rai
Phuttha Utthayan Wat Pa Dong Rai
Phuttha Utthayan Wat Pa Dong Rai
Phuttha Utthayan Wat Pa Dong Rai
Phuttha Utthayan Wat Pa Dong Rai

We didn’t spend much time exploring the surrounding area, but we did visit a captive alligator held nearby.

Captive alligator
Captive alligator

Please enjoy the full gallery of 27 pictures below.