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Khon Kaen National Museum, Khon Kaen

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The Khon Kaen National Museum was opened by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the 20th of December, 1972. Most of the exhibitions are concerned with history, art, and archaeology. Besides the museum's static collection, temporary exhibitions are set up on a rotational basis throughout the year.Exhibitions on the geography, history, archaeology, culture, and ethnology of the museum are arranged as follows:The Geography and Geology of Pre-historic PeriodSettlements, utensils, burial rituals, 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 cultureReligion and beliefs, utensils used in daily lifeEvolution 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 important 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 a few ancient civilizations, including those of the Ban Chiang, Dvaravati, Lopburi and Khmer. 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 along with displays of pottery. There is also a variety of other miscellaneous items, probably, the most important of these being the Buddha images.
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  • The Museum is located outside the city centre, in a beautiful well maintained area. Detailed in Thai and English explanations are provided both on panels than in pamphlets available to visitors. The exhibition starts at the ground floor with showcases devoted to objects dating back to the Bronze Age, then a few ceramics and bronze from the site of Ban Chiang objects. Even on this floor, the imposing "boundary stones" or border markers, dating back to the 9th and 10th centuries AD JC, as well as several statues in stone of the Dvaravati culture, dating from the 7th to the 11th centuries AD JC. On the first floor, one finds mainly from Khmer, Lopburi and Thai Lao cultures religious objects. Below the ground floor, the Museum has reconstructed scenes of the life of the inhabitants of the region of Isan, their utensils, musical instruments, hunting tools, etc.
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  • 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 »
  • Museum of natural history including a Khon Kaen, around one central city of ISAN (northeastern Thailand); Is a modest but impressive.
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  • Very small, but decent museum
  • 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.
  • Sources: learn the history of the people of Khon Kaen, Khon Kaen province is seen to exist but because they think there is nothing wrong, but expected, because access has learned many history. ambient water are sitting comfort.
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  • (English below), improved a lot from last time (2556) now has a computer touch screen to view the details of all the objects displayed. There is a subtitle, and 3D, rotate the view in your computer. There are English subtitles. The event is big, but not na pin 3 see completely and has a history of including Khon Kaen, ISAN, and read. A time to remember the critical load QR code scanner down telephone display objects by virtually all PCs will have a QR code directed to turn to for more information. See inside is finished, walk outside. There is a garden and a swimming pool, originally. ------ This place is English-friendly, almost every piece has English description. There are four kiosks distributed throughout the main building and English is available. They are interactive and have details of all pieces including 3-D model that you can spin around. The whole museum is not very big. You might be spending anywhere from 20 minutes to a couple of hours depend on your interests, There is a small garden with a lotus pond outside that allow for a nice stroll.
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  • Our little HK it good
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