Ban Chiang Museum
Ban Chiang Museum
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An important Bronze Age settlement and cemetery.
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Jantje
16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
I'm very aware of the double pricing policy in Thailand but this museum beats the lot. They asked 150 bath for me and 30 bath for my wife. 150 bath won't make me poor, but a 500 % increase is a pure scandal. I told them to put their ancient pots in a place where the Thai sun doesn't shine!
I strongly suggest tourists to boycot this place!
Written February 24, 2020
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,925 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
I was mainly encouraged to visit the Ban Chiang Museum on the basis of it being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is probably very interesting for those keenly into archeology and the complexities of evolving civilizations, but the museum interpretation of the significance of the site and excavations is rather bland and uninspiring. Unfortunately, many of the more interesting pots and artifacts on display were previously looted so historians have little idea of where they were originally located. Near the museum is a replica of the main excavation site, which was heavily damaged by floods more than a decade ago. The replica dig site is quite artificial. Usual Thai two-tier pricing is practised here, which is one place I especially disapprove of since the location is designated a World Heritage Site and therefore ought to be equitably accessible to all; the site presumably also obtained financial support from UNESCO and international donors, so there is little justification for higher entry fees for foreign visitors.
Written May 29, 2022
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Roland B
Zurich, Switzerland1,803 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
we made a one day outing from Udon Thani, first to the beautiful Red Lotus Sea, then to the Ban Chiang Museum. Here we were disappointed, but probably just expected to much as it is an official UNESCO World Heritage Site. The exhibition is rather educational, with some nice exhibits, but all together not a big stunner. The Red Lotus Sea definitely saved our day.
Written February 13, 2020
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Charles Higham
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I was one of the excavation team that worked at Ban Chiang in 1974-5. Anyone visiting the museum there should be aware of two important facts. The first is that most of the exhibits are looted. They have no cultural provenance. The second is that the dates presented in the museum labels are grossly misleading. This site's occupation dates from about 1500 BC. The Bronze Age began there in about 1000 BC and the Iron Age about 450 BC. The painted pots you see there are all late Iron Age, about 200 AD.
Look up the UNESCO website on this site and you will find the correct chronology.
Written September 6, 2020
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Robert K
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Interesting museum for the most ancient archeological site in South East Asia. It shows very early crafting of copper tools and jewelry. And ofcourse the typical Ban Chiang Vases that were also used to bury dead infants.

There are different time periods dating back as far as 5600 years ago. It is a pity these people didn't leave any written records except their art.

Personally I feel the history of South East Asia is way older than earlier discovered, but that they had their fare shar of cataclysms (water/mud floods mostly). I feel the people may have resettled after a flood like this on man made mounds like the one discovered in Ban Chiang.

Phu Phra Bat Historical park is also highly recommended and a truely remarkable site.
Written January 24, 2024
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Ally F F
Cairns, Australia17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
This is an excellent archaeological site that is under the UNESCO World Heritage Act so it is funded well. It is about 45 minutes out of Udon. It is a mostly an air-conditioned museum with state of the art interpretation. Incredible artifacts and a surprising history of bronze implements as well as the 6 phases of pottery. After the museum we walked 400 metres to a covered site they have left open for display. The village of Ban Chiang itself is gorgeous too. We did not have much time so paid for a taxi to take us there and back and wait while we were there (over 4 hours there) for 1200 baht. If you have a car or bike - go for it. It would have been nice to stay in ban Chiang too - there are some guesthouses but again - time wise we couldn't.
Written July 30, 2013
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Pnicholson
Oaklands Park, Australia54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
This is a UNESCO world Heritage listed number 359 site.
It contains 9 galleries with exhibits dating back 5500 years.
The galleries are modern, well lit and beautifully presented.
There are 3 major time zones, the initial hunter gatherer, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. The pottery and ancient fossils are outstanding. As an aside there is another site in Sawang Dan Din about 30 kilometres away. Unfortunately this site is in disrepair but gives you a real look at how the Ban Chiang site would have looked like. Ps you will need to ask a local where it is if you want to visit it. Only for the enthusiasts.
Written August 11, 2018
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Janice A
Oakland, CA138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Friends
I visited this Nice museum while staying in Udon Thani. It is possible to take an inexpensive bus and tuk tuk to the museum. Beware that the museum is far from the main road. The staff were friendly and helpful.
Written February 6, 2016
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sumalee2014
California4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Family
The oldest piece of the pots that they found were dated back 6300 years old. This is a cute town. There is a lot of activities going on. The orginal excavation site was turned into an open air museum. It is a Unesco heritage site since 1992. The distance between the excavation site and museum is walkable. There is a lot of artifacts to be viewed in the museum. This is the Bronze Age. It's quite fascinating.
Written January 5, 2015
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Globerwalker
Seoul, South Korea364 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
This place is an historically significant ancient site and was found to be one of the oldest in Asia, proving there were civilisations in Thailand thousands of years before anyone expected. It was brought to the attention of the outisde world in 1966. At that time the American Ambassador's son was studying villagers in the area and basically tripped over a tree root and noticed a shard of old pottery where he fell. He thought it looked very old so sent it to experts in Bangkok of evalution and a famous site was born.
The museum displays many pieces of the famous pottery as well as bronze and other artifacts discovered in the area. Unlike many Thai museums this museum is very well curated with excellent english explanations of everything. Truly this is a place for history enthusiasts and a very good job has been done of making it interesting, with contributions from Americans and Thais.
After visiting the museum you can use the same ticket to visit the Wat down the road and see an actual excavation site.
Written July 25, 2013
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