Khon Kaen National Museum

Khon Kaen National Museum

Standard provincial museum

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Situated to the north of town within walking distance of the university, the Khon Kaen National Museum displays a fairly extensive collection of antiques and ancient artefacts found in the region.

Travelfish says:

Highlights include a roughly 3,000-year-old human skeleton and tools unearthed at the Ban Chiang archaeological site in Udon Thani; delicately carved stone boundary markers crafted around 1,000 years ago during the Dvaravati period and uncovered in Kalasin province; and stone lintels crafted during the Khmer period a bit later.

The dead centre of Khon Kaen. : Stuart McDonald.
The dead centre of Khon Kaen. Photo: Stuart McDonald

While Khon Kaen is given special attention in some respects, the exhibits with English info tend to focus more broadly on the entire Isaan region and beyond. The whole shebang will provide a reasonable primer on the history of the region from the Stone Age to the 20th century.

Dedicate most of your time to the exhibits within, but do leave some time for taking a walk around the shady grounds that surround the main hall. They feature many of the above–mentioned boundary markers, many of which are over one thousand years old.

Ancient boundary markers and some welcome shade. : Stuart McDonald.
Ancient boundary markers and some welcome shade. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The National Museum is located among administrative buildings just east of the northern end of Klang Mueang Rd.

Contact details for Khon Kaen National Museum

Address: Lang Sun Ratchakan Road, Khon Kaen
T: (043) 236 741;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º50'18.79" E, 16º26'45.02" N
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Admission: 100 baht for foreigners

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Stuart McDonald co-founded with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.

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