Posted on: 25th February 2016
Located at Wat Phra Borommathat Chaiya, Tambon Wiang, Chaiya National Museum is a popular historical and archaeological museum in Surat Thani. Its popularity can be judged by the fact that it houses authentic holdings which include prehistoric and historic artifacts in addition to local handicrafts and a shadow puppet. Plan your trip to Surat Thani by booking a car rental from us in advance, which not only presents lower per day rates but also allows one to visit city attractions like Chaiya National Museum at a leisurely pace.
Importance of Chaiya National Museum
Surat Thani has a glorious history, in order to know more about this largest southern province of Thailand, one need to visit Chaiya National Museum which houses and unravels its various historical facts through its collection of artifacts and handicrafts. Uniqueness of Chaiya National Museum lies in the fact that most of the displays which it houses date back to the era when Chaiya was a stopover for the travelers who traveled on the trade route that linked India and Southeast Asia.
Chaiya National Museum Highlights
At first sight, the Chaiya National Museum appears to be a small museum but it is big enough to accommodate two extensive buildings. The first building is home to some fine examples of art from the bygone era and displays stone, as well as, bronze sculptures belonging to the ancient city of Chaiya. Among these sculptures in the most prominent ones are that of the God Vishnu and Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. The second or say the last building of Chaiya National Museum comprises of artifacts that date back to prehistoric time to historic periods like Dvaravati, Srivijaya, Lop Buri, Sukhothai to Ayutthaya. In addition to the artifacts belonging to afore-quoted periods, this part of the museum is also known for art objects and various other noted works.
Operating Time: Opens Wednesday to Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.
Admission fee: 10 baht for Thai and 30 baht for foreigners.