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Attractions in Kalasin province in Thailand

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Kalasin, the land of Pong Lang music and the famous Phrae Wa silk, is 519 km. from Bangkok. Comparatively small in relation to its sister Northeast provinces, covering an area of 6,946 sq. km, it is the site of the ancient city of Fa Daet Song Yang, and is further distinguished as having yielded one of the largest concentrations of dinosaur fossils in Northeastern Thailand. Otherwise, Kalasin is a busy agricultural province that so far has been little affected by tourism.
Website : www.kalasin.go.th

 

 

Dinosaur Fossils at Phu Kum Khao

 

 

 

 

 

City attractions in Kalasin

Phraya Chaisunthon Monument

Located in front of the post office, the Monument honours Phraya Chaisunthon, or Chao Pho Somphamit, who evacuated people from the left bank of the Mekong River to settle along the Pao River over 200 years ago.

Wat Klang

The temple enshrines the important Buddha image of Ong Dam Buddha image, a bronze statue 20-inches wide and characterised by especially fine features. It is said that the image can grant seasonal rainfall. The temple also has the Lord Buddha's footprint made from laterite.

Wat Si Bun Rueang

Housed at this temple are some heart-shaped boundary stones that marked the limits of an ancient temple in Fa Daet Song Yang, and they are good examples of traditional Northeastern art in their decoration.

Arts, Culture and Tourism Promotion Centre

Located at Thirawat Hospital, the Centre provides information on the local arts and culture of Kalasin, displays local artefacts, and has local products for sale.

Out of city attractions
in Kalasin

Fa Daet Song Yang

The town, located on Highway No. 214 (Kalasin-Roi Et), a 13-km. drive from Kalasin and then a further 6 km. along a turn to the right, shows evidence of a settlement that flourished during the Dvaravati period (8th to 10th centuries). The temple is surrounded with heart-shaped boundary stones and two rows of moats. Ruins have been found inside and outside the town area, the most complete being the brick pagoda of Phrathat Yakhu. Sandstone temple markers with and without designs have been found here and are now housed at Wat Pho Chai Semaram in the village and in the Khon Kaen Museum. In addition, amulets and tobacco pipes made of fired clay and bronze have been unearthed here.

Khuean Lam Pao

This is reached by taking Highway No. 209 (Kalasin-Yang Talat) for 10 km., and then turning right for a further 26 km. The earth dam, built across the Pao River and Huai Yang to create a double reservoir. Is 33-metre high from the water level and 7.8-km. long covering the area of Amphoe Mueang, Amphoe Nong Kung Si, and Amphoe Talat Yang, The lakeside beach is a popular picnic spot for locals.

Suan Sa-on

This nature and wildlife education centre to the northeast of Khuean Lam Pao has a natural open zoo with plenty of wildlife, including the rare red gaur. Open daily 7.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Tel. 0 9920 2969 Website: www.dnp.go.th

Dinosaur Fossils at Phu Kum Khao

Phu Kum Khao has the largest concentration of dinosaur fossils in Thailand, and can be reached by taking Highway No. 227 for 30 km. and then turning right for one km. to Wat Sakkawan. The Department of Mineral Resources has excavated some areas where entire skeletons are now clearly visible. Most are large, long-necked, plant-eating Sauropods that lived about 130 million years ago.
Open from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. daily.
Tel. 0 4387 1014,0 4387 1394

Phra Phuttha Saiyat Phu Khao

This 17th century reclining Buddha image carved under a cliff is at Wat Phuttha Nimit, 39 km. from Kalasin on Highway No. 227. The reclining Buddha image is unusual in that the head is supported by the left hand rather than the right hand.

Ban Phon

Kalasin's famous Phrae Wa silk can be found at this village 70 km. from town. The cloth made of Mat Mi silk displays exemplary workmanship. The product, however, is unique and made by the Phu Thai ethnic minority whose ancestors migrated from the city of Thaeng in Vietnam.

Ban Phu Thai Khok Kong

Located in Amphoe Kuchinarai, the Phu Thai village is where the Phu Thai people express their own culture and language. Visitors are allowed to stay in the village, where they can enjoy traditional "monkey dancing" by the children and Phu Thai music and dances performed by the women of the village. Weaving and handicrafts are also displayed.

Special event in Kalasin

Pong Lang, Phrae Wa and Red Cross Extravaganza

Held in front of the Provincial Hall by the end of February, the Fair features processions from various districts with people dressed in traditional costumes. In addition, there are a variety of local cultural performances and shops selling a wide range of goods.

Shopping in Kalasin

Famous products of Kalasin include Phrae Wa silk from Ban Phon, Amphoe Kham Muang, bamboo and cloth bags from Ban Nong Hang, Amphoe Kuchinarai and Pong Lang (l-san musical instrument).

 

 

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