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Khon Kaen National Museum, Khon Kaen

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The Khon Kaen National Museum was opened by His Majest,y King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the 20th of December, 1972. Most of the exhibits are concerned with history, art, and archaeology. Besides the museum's permanent collection, temporary exhibitions are set up throughout the year.Exhibits in the museum include:The geography and geology of the prehistoric periodSettlements, utensils, burial rituals, and major archaeological findingsAncient cities and communitiesPeriod of recorded historyDvaravati cultureBai 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 CultureAncient cities and communities, religion and beliefs, ceramics, Thai-Lao cultureEvolution of art in Thailand Muang Khon KaenTraces 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.
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Ranging from economical to five-star hotels, Kohn Kaen lodgings remain widely spread throughout the city. Although you can find rooms in the city center near popular attractions, rural hotels provide a more peaceful setting and treat tourists to a traditional experience. Expect to find lower prices than in Thailand's more popular tourist hotspots, but don't be surprised if a rural establishment provides you with a room lacking air conditioning and hot water.
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  • Very well, but a little bit far of central city, you can learn many thinghs about the historic of ISSAN  more »
  • A very well presented small museum on two floors in Khon Kaen. Not far north of the city centre, this attraction is a must see in Khon Kaen for its excellent explanations of Issan history, together wi...  more »
  • A very small but enjoyable display to while away an hour. The usual 100 baht entry fee was waived in respect of the passing of the late King. Spacious grounds with a small lake.  more »
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  • good museum, a lot of evidence of Thai isarn people here.
  • visited this museum in October 2012. I found it very interesting, especially all the archival and detailed history about Khon Kaen. It was very quiet and and easy to get round, very few people were there. Allow 2 hours to see all the exhibits, some more interesting than others, depending of course, what your interests are. Situated adjacent to a main road, but still had a long wait before we could hail a taxi.
  • Very small, but decent museum
  • Very good.
  • Collected many artifacts, especially in isaan, SEMA leaves.
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