Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum was opened to people on 26th August 1974 with an aim to preserve the art and culture of Nakhon Si Thammarat and the other parts of the upper southern Thailand. In addition to preservation the museum has been assigned as the responsibility to promote tourism and to act as the center of education by the Fine Arts Department of Thailand.
The museum sits on the boundary of the abandoned Suanluang East Temple and just opposite to this temple’s modern day replica. Located about a kilometer south of Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan Temple, this national museum was inaugurated by His Highness and Her Highness in the presence of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and H.R.H. Princess Chulabhorn.
In addition to Nakhon Si Thammarat, the museum also covers other areas that lies to the north of South, namely Surat Thani, Ranong, Krabi and Phang Nga. It is housed in a former temple whose name was Wat Suan Luang Tawan Ok and consists of a two storied building. All of its thirteen rooms exhibit various themes that vary from prehistoric arts, sculptures, shadow play and folk arts, ceramics. In addition to a comprehensive coverage of Thai art from Dvaravati and Srivijayan periods to the Rattanakosin era it has galleries dedicated to Phra Rattanathatchamuni Si Thammarat , Local Wisdom and Brahmanism in Nakhon Si Thammarat etc.
The major highlight is the statue of Lord Vishnu which is a perfect example of South India’s Pala style. There is an interesting story behind the statue’s discovery which is said to have been found at the base of a tree in the Kapong district near Takua Pa. The museum also exhibits two bronze drums that were made by Dongson peoples of northern Vietnam plus Sing style Buddha images and much more.
Admission Fee: 150 Baht
Opening Time: Wednesday to Sunday, 9 am- 4pm
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