Phimai National Museum

Well worth a visit

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What we say: 3.5 stars

On the banks of the Mun River, the picturesque Phimai National Museum is home to numerous artefacts excavated from the nearby Prasat and other geological sites in the Northeast.

Among the many Buddhist statues you'd expect, an extensive collection of ancient Khmer jewellery and ornamentation has survived and is displayed here. A brief English description accompanies each exhibit.

In the 1960's and '70's the museum site largely served as a storage warehouse for artefacts found in archaeological excavation and restoration efforts in the region. In 1987, the Department of Fine Arts allocated 40,000,000 baht to create the museum space that exists today. The resulting site is a nice break from the mostly outdoor attractions that Phimai offers and paints a fuller picture of Khmer culture than you'll get at the ruins alone.

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On the banks of the Mun River, Phimai
Opening Hours: Daily 9:00 - 16:00
Last updated: 2nd December, 2014

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Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.
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