A glimpse into Ubon’s past
Published/Last edited or updated: 17th February, 2021
While many Thai cities have their own provincial museums, Ubon’s National Museum is particularly comprehensive and compelling. History buffs should be sure to start their explorations here.
After an extensive exhibit on the geography and geology of the Isaan plateau, a pair of large rooms takes you from Ubon’s prehistory, when hunter-gatherers lived in the area, into the Dvaravati period from the fifth to 10th centuries and an era of Khmer rule from around the 10th to 13th centuries. Accompanied by comprehensible English info, the rooms exhibit some exquisite pottery, engravings and religious statuary from these cultures.
Visitors are then introduced to the Thai/Lao civilisation that took hold in the 18th century, with several interesting round-faced Buddha images done in the Lao style. The final three rooms cover local textiles, music, crafts and explanations of Ubon’s administration over the centuries, including antique thrones and lacquer cabinets used by the aristocracy around the turn of the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 100 words.)
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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