Khorat’s Maha Viravong National Museum displays a modest collection of Buddha images and other artefacts on the grounds of Wat Sutthachinda.
Covering a single room, the museum is far smaller than you might expect for the capital of a huge province with such a rich history; that’s because most of the area’s relics have ended up at Phimai’s far more extensive national museum. Even so, Maha Virawong is worth a 20-minute visit if you’re interested in antiquities.
Most of the artefacts were found in Nakhon Ratchasima province and collected by the late monk Somdet Phra Maha Viravong. Highlights include 9th-century Dvaravati-style Buddha images, 11th century Lopburi-style yaksha guardian statues, a 2,000-year-old bronze drum, and an antique table set used by the last three Thai kings during official visits to Khorat.
A fair amount of information is provided in English, covering the long history of Khorat from prehistoric times to Dvaravati and Khmer rule and up to the Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin periods. Surprisingly there is no mention of Ya Mo.
How to get there
Maha Viravong National Museum is also spelt Wirawong. Look for a library and other buildings on the grounds of Wat Sutthachinda; the museum is set back from the road on the right in a heritage building.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 7th September, 2016.