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Attractions in Maha Sarakham province in Thailand

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Situated in the middle of the northeast region, 470 km. from Bangkok and covering 5,228 sq. km., Maha Sarakham is a regional education centre and is also notable as the site of the ancient Dvaravati city of Nakhon Champa Si.
Website: www.mahasarakham.go.th

 

 

Phrathat Na Dun

 

 

Ku Santarat

 

 

Phrathat Phanom

 

 

 

 

 

 

City attractions
in Maha Sarakham

I-san Arts and Culture Research Institute

Housed at Maha Sarakham University, the Institute has of l-san arts and culture including displays of the origin weaving and the development of local fabrics, basketry, pottery, household items, musical instruments and ancient inscriptions, as well as contemporary art by students.

I-san Arts and Culture Centre

Located in Maha Sarakham Rajabhat University, the Centre has exhibits on l-san arts, palm-leaf manuscripts and handicrafts. Open from 7.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Tel. 0 4372 1686
Website: www.rinac.msu.ac.th

Wat Mahachai Museum

Old boundary stones, ancient Buddha images, door panels, woodcarvings are among the museum's exhibits.

Out of city attractions
in Maha Sarakham

Chi Long Forest Park

Located at Ban Wang Wa, Amphoe Kantharawichai, 10 km. from town on the way to Amphoe Kosum Phisai, the Park is on an island that was formed by a divergence in the course of the Mun River, the Northeast's main waterway. The island is covered with shady rubber trees. Contact the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department for more Information. Tel. 0 2562 0760
Website: www.dnp.go.th

Ku Mahathat

Some 13 km. from town on Chaeng Sanit Road, this ancient monument dates back to the 13th century. It was built of laterite in the shape of a square tent, whilst the doorways and lintels are of sandstone. Two clay statues are housed inside.

Phrathat Na Dun

Located in Amphoe Na Dun, this is the site of the major Dvaravati city of Champa Si, which flourished between the 8th and 10th centuries. Artefacts discovered here are now displayed at the museum in Khon Kaen.

Ku Santarat

Located on the way to Amphoe Na Dun, this Bayon-style Khmer sanctuary was built in the late 12th century and comprises a square laterite structure with a fine carved lintel over the front doorway.

Dun Lam Phan Forest

The forest, 56 km. from town, is home to rare plant and animal species, such as Lam Phan plant and Pu Thun Kramom or Paeng crab which is orange, purple, yellow, and white and can only be found here.

Yuen Mongkhon and Ming Mueang Buddha Images

These are the province's most important Buddha images, housed at Tambon Khan Than Rat on Highway No. 213, about 14 km. from town. The red sandstone images are in the Dvaravati style and are believed to ensure sufficient rainfall.

Ban Nong Khuean Chang

This village, 12 km. from town off the Maha Sarakham-Kosum Phisai route, is renowned for making quality silk and cotton.

Ban Phaeng

Located in Amphoe Kosum Phisai 38 km. from town along Highway No. 208, the village is famous for making reed mats, which are widely used in Thailand. The village is engaged in extensive reed farming and has set up a reed-mat-making cooperative to demonstrate the making of mats.

Special event
in Maha Sarakham

EventBun Boek Fa and Red Cross Fair

The event is held in late January to early February at the Provincial Hall to revive and preserve I-san's cultural heritage. It features the Bun Boek Fa procession, which relates the story about Phra Mae Phosop goddess, folk plays, local music, and many various rituals.

 

 

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