At Gandharavichai District,there 're 2 temples where housed old standing Buddha images ;Buddha Mongkol Bansra temple (housed Ming Mongkol Buddha image) and Suwannawas temple (housed Ming Muang Buddha image). These 2 images 're old Buddha image which presumed to be built in Dvaravati period. It was found in this Gandharavichai District where found some evidences related to that period. Apart from Buddha image, at Buddha Mongkol Bansra temple ,there 's a small museum represented local artifacts.
This is private museum where established by one artist who 's Mahasarakham local. The museum exhibits his paintings and a big collection of local stuffs esp. buffalo skulls. All artifacts he collect was found on his journey in Northeastern Thailand.
If you have more time to walk around. The old section 's a good area to enjoy with lifestyle of local, old style buildings and some important places of Mahasarakham. Try to notice some old shophouses, some was built from soil mixed with wooden which can reduce the heat from outside. Apart from architecture, in an area of old market,you can find some thai traditional food and dessert and some traditional equipments.
Located at Nong Kha Public Park. It was established by local municipality in 2546 B.E.It exhibits about Maha Sarakham history to present stories especially on local lifestyle, beliefs, architecture and the root of city governor.
Admission fee: free of charge.
This temple 's one old temple in Mahasarakarm. It was built in 2408 B.E. by the first city governor. Some interesting buildings 're old Ubosot or ordination hall,Palm Manuscript museum and artifacts museum.
In this area,the archaeologists found some evidences which told about Champasri city. It was ancient city where flourished in Dvaravati period. All artifacts which found in this area represented in Khon Kaen National Museum. The most important artifact is the small stupa contained the great relic in gold,silver and bronze case. It presumed to be built in Dvaravati period (13th-15th Buddhist Century). For now,this area located a big stupa which inspired from small artifact. The area consisted of museum, garden and decorated some parts to be the important places of Buddha's life.That's why it called Buddha Mandala.
This museum collects vernacular house from all over Northeastern Thailand. They rebuilt in the ground of museum and exhibits some local stuffs which related to Northeastern people way of life. Such as weaving method,fishing methods,agriculture method,... This museum also offer a green scenery where you can study the variety of plants. If you're interest to stay in these Northeastern house or stay in a tent on your own, just pay 100 THB/person/night.
Museum opened daily between 8.00 AM-4.00 PM
Admission fee: free of charge
To visit: take a Khon Kaen-Surin bus from Mahasarakarm Bus Terminal (about 1 hour/about 40 THB), drop at Nadun junction. Then hop a motorcycle taxi for 50 THB /person/trip. If you want to visit only 1-2 hours,you can make an appointment with motorcycle taxi to bring you back to junction.
All of the sights we saw were outside the town itself. Phrathat Nadun is a Buddhist temple or "pagoda" that serves the local population as a center for their devotions. Please see the travelogue for more images and information.
Laterite is a sandstone formed from soil rich in iron. Since it is low in silica it is subject to deterioration. It is found most often in tripical and subtropical climates. The remaining building at Ku Santarat was built between 1107 and 1157 CE in the Khmer style.
A closeup of one of the buildings representing rural life in NE Thailand. The top photo is of something I saw next to each house in the museum. I never got a good explanation -- whether is was food storage or a shrine or??
A very interesting 12th century archaeological site. There are two elements that remain -- a sanctuary and a large retaining basin for water. The stone is laeterite. It made an interesting comparison for our later visit to the Angkor Temples.
Please see the travelogue for more images and information.
This is an open air museum near Phra That Na Dun consisting of various examples of traditional Thai dwellings.