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    Land of Ceramic – Dan Kwian

    by Wann Updated Aug 31, 2005

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    Dan Kwian

    Dan Kwian is a village in Dan Kwian District, about 15 km from the east south of Nakhon Ratchasima downtown. It is a place where locals have been engaged in their Ceramic products manufacture for a long long time. All the ceramic products are famous for their unique look.

    About the history, the village was a place where caravan stop between Nakhon Ratchasima and Cambodia, and all their vehicles were cart so it was caravan of carts stop, become a name of the village nowadays (Kwian=Cart). While they was stopping there, always made some utensils from local clay there and brought them home and found later of the special clay quality.

    Nowadays the locals still make ceramics product from the local clay, a special black bronzed clay from The River Moun, and the ceramic products become one of the major export goods from Nakhon Ratchasima.

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    Maha Wirawong National Museum

    by Wann Updated Jul 15, 2008

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    Maha Wirawong National Museum

    The museum located just in central of the town, if you are into museum, shouldn't miss visiting Maha Wirawong National Museum.

    The Museum displays items that Somdet Phra Maha Wirawong, the ex-abbot of Wat Sutthachinda, collected, also art facts which found in Nakhon Ratchasima and provinces around and donations. Most items in the museum are Buddha images, including stone images of the Khmer period, images from the Ayutthaya period, bronze images, earthenware, ancient utensils, and woodcarving.

    The museum open during 9 a.m.-4 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday.
    It is closed on public holidays.

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    Candle Festival (Khao Phansa)

    by Wann Updated Nov 7, 2005

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    Candle Festival, Nakhon Ratchasima

    I attend this festival and event almost every year, Khao Phansa Event. It's one of the most important events in the religious calendar. It be held in the eighth lunar month in July every year. Khao Phansa refers to the beginning of the Buddhist Lent.

    During this time, Buddhist monks are restricted to their temples for a period of three months. Thai Buddhists will celebrate Khao Phansa in Buddhist temples in many provinces and Candle Festival is part of it. The days before the event, local people make ornately carved beeswax candles of various sizes and shapes.

    On the festival day, the candles that each represents their district, are paraded around the town, accompanied by displays of religious devotion. After the procession, they are presented to local temples.

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    Bung Ta Lau Park

    by Wann Updated Feb 18, 2014

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    Bung Ta lau Park, or water park as there's a big lake in central of the park. I've been there often. This place is very famous in Korat, locals come for relaxation and exercise; jogging biking etc.

    The park located in front of military camp, organized and maintained by military. The area belong to military and since many years back the area developed to be a park for public. There are trails for jogging (3 km/round) and biking. It's open in the morning and in the afternoon till late evening. The time you can see crowded of people do exercise is in late afternoon. If you have plenty of time while visiting Korat might spend some times at the park, jogging, walking, biking, relaxing, view people, admire sunset over the lake.

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    Korat Zoo

    by Wann Updated Oct 20, 2012

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    Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo, Thailand

    I'm not actually a fan of zoo but I admit I always have a good time visiting Korat Zoo. This is a great place to spend the day with family & kids.

    Korat Zoo or Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo located about 20 km south of Korat city. It is one of the major zoo in Thailand and one of the most modern in Asia!!!

    The zoo has an area of 545 rai (218 acres). Most of the animals there are from Africa, Penguins, seals, African elephants, rhinoceros, cheetahs, lions, zebras, and giraffes. There is also a reptile building and a hornbill garden.

    The enclosures are large and the zoo has landscaped each section so it matches the habit of each animal.

    There are trailers takes visitors around the zoo, also bicycles or golf cars for rent.

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    Na Phra Thaat temple in Pakthongchai

    by pattayaraj Updated Aug 2, 2006

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    Located in the West of Pakthongchai city. This temple was built in 2330 B.E. in the reign of King Rama I. There're some interesting buildings such as : Hor Trai or manuscript library in the pond.This Hor Trai have the mural painting depicted about Buddha's life,the meeting of god and some Thai patterns.Ubosot or ordination hall with mural painting depicted about Jataka stories and Buddha story.It also depicted about local lifestyle.Chedi or Thaat in Laos style and sala or hall where built from wood. From Pakthongchai twon,you can take a blue songtaew ( two rows seat truck) via Taku at Pakthongchai market,price : 10 Bahts per person,takes about 30 mins.

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    Dharma Chakra Semaram temple in Sema Ancient city

    by pattayaraj Written May 21, 2006

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    Reclining Buddha image

    Dharma Chakra Semaram temple located in Sema Ancient city.This city is an old city of Dvaravati period, as a couple city with Kho Ra Kha Pura city (the first community in Nakorn Rachasima).Inside Sema ancient city,there 's one temple called Dharma Chakra Sema Ram temple.It found a big reclining Buddha image made from sandstone and Dharma Chakra or wheel of Law which also made from laterite ,both 're in Dvaravati period and presume to built on the time of building Sema city. Beside,the reclining Buddha image 's the oldest reclining Buddha in Thailand with 13.30 metres long and 2.30 metres tall.For Dharma Chakra,housed in the building near Ubosot.This artifact found near the Buddha image. It look like a wheel of cart,decorated with mixture animals called Panassabodi,it's the vehicle of Buddha in Mahayana Sect.

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    Prasat Phnom Wan

    by pattayaraj Updated May 21, 2006

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    This Khmer sanctuary built in the same period as Pimai Sanctuary and it also built with the same pattern but smaller than the original. This sanctuary built by laterite and sandstone included the main building in the centre faced to the power direction "East". All centre group surrounded with a long gallery in square plan. There 's one incription which found here and translate by Princess Sirinthorn.It described about a person who do good will go to heaven,a person who do bad will go to hell. From the evidence, this sanctuary used to be a Hinduism temple and changed to be Buddhism temple in the later time.For now,this sanctuary housed some Buddha images.In the East of buildings's a laterite base called Noen Orapim.This name derived from the legend "Jataka Orapim-Pajit" which influenced to local legend.

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    Korat Zoo.

    by tuktukman Written Aug 27, 2006

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    Nothing much to do? Why not spend a half day visiting the local Zoo. You can just rent a Bicycle and cycle around the Zoo. Monkeys there are a scene there..but pictures are either too blurr or small to upload....oh ya..there is a little small aquarium inside too..

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    Si kiu quarry

    by pattayaraj Updated Aug 3, 2006

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    This place 's one sandstone source in Northeastern where ancient people used to come and cut sandstone for building sanctuaries in an area of Nakornrachasima and nearby, such as Prasart Muang Khaek,Prasart Muang Kao,Prasart Non Kuu. All sandstone shifted by drilling holes to the stone,then use metal bar for lifting. The stone always moved by rafting. From this site,the nearest river 's Lam Ta Kong.

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    experience the real thing ! Korat

    by tuktukman Written Oct 7, 2007

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    The Heroine Statue...you wont miss this !
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    Be prepare ! Learn some basic Thai language will help you a loooong way here at Korat. Not many speak local speak basic English here - not even sales girls at Shopping Mall. The life here is much slower, peaceful than Bangkok or Phuket city.. But here, if you are adventurous and explore more, there's much thing to do, see and eat.. and enjoy. Then again, there arent any foreigners tourists you can see..except maybe a few. This is real thai life if you want to experiment!:)

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    Nok Ok temple in Pakthongchai

    by pattayaraj Updated Aug 4, 2006

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    Hortrai or library
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    This temple is one interesting place in Pakthongchai.There're wooden Hor Trai or library in the ponds,old ubosot or ordination hall where have paintings on the ceiling and door carving with chinese patterns.

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    Mahaviravong National Museum

    by pattayaraj Updated Aug 3, 2006

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    This small museum exhibits the artifacts from Khorat and surrounding area.The exhibition began from pre-historic evidences to present time.Some artifacts came from the collection of Somdej Phra Mahaviravongsa.the former abbot of Sutthajinda temple.The museum also located in the area of Sutthajinda temple.Some interesting artifacts 're Buddha images in Dvaravati style from Sema and Khorakhapura ancient city,the potteries from Burirum Kiln and others area,the stone inscription from Muang Kaek sanctuary,..
    Museum open:9.00-16.00
    Closed :Mon-Tue
    Admission fee: 10 THB

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    Khun Ying Mo Monument

    by pattayaraj Updated Aug 4, 2006

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    Khun Ying Mo or Ya Mo 's the most important person in Khorat.In the reign of King Rama III,she led the people to fight with the army of King Anuwong from Laos.The monument of Khun Ying Mo was built in 2477 B.E.The statue of Khun Ying Mo dressed in Thai traditional clothes.She holds the sword and heading to the direction of Bangkok.In the area of monument,you can see the people come to pay homage to her by joss-sticks and garland.Some come to wish somethings they want.If they can get,they 'll come back and make a thanks offering to her by Khorat song,as you can see some small stages with local performance around the area. Some said Khun Ying Mo love this performance. Every March 23 to April 3 of the year,local always held the celebration to remembrance the winning of Khun Ying Mo over the King Anuwong.

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    Chumpol Gate

    by pattayaraj Updated Aug 4, 2006

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    The old city gate located behind Khun Ying Mo monument.This gate was built in the reign of King Narai of Ayutthaya Kingdom when he ordered to built the city of Nakhon Rachasima as the front city.The city planned by French architect.The plan 's square shape with city walls and moat.At 4 cardinal points have city gate - Polsaen gate in the North,Polsaan gate in the East,Chainarong gate in the South and Chumpol gate in the West which 's just one left.The style of Chumpol gate covered with Thai Traditional roof decorated with some thai ornaments. The local believed that if people of different locality passed,they 'll be back to stay in Khorat.

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