Phimai National Museum

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Siri Nakorn Rd, Phimai 30110 Thailand

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MW46Jackson
Phnom Penh, Cambodia126 contributions
A Temple to Spiritual Art
Nov 2019
After visiting the Phimai temple, go over to the even less visited museum. With its water and trees it is a serene venue for these beautiful remnants of a more spiritual time. The carved lintels, delicate beads, and nagas speak to us with a voice that we can scarcely understand today unless we stop and listen carefully. The broken statue of King Jayavarman VII is particularly moving. Such a great monarch, and he did not portray himself as a warrior or glorious ruler -- only a simple pose of meditation. We can all learn from Jayavarman VII.
Written November 7, 2019
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Rodney G
Melton, Australia781 contributions
Phimai national museum
Nov 2018 • Couples
The Phimai national museum has some great artifacts from around phimai a good place to look around although not a large museum can combine with the Phimai Historical Park.
Written November 8, 2018
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drew r
Par34 contributions
Good value
Oct 2018 • Couples
The day we visited was quiet to say the least, had the entire place to ourselves.

If your in the area then go there, the history of this area is pretty astonishing. Everything in the museum is very well displayed and most exhibits have an English translation.

Nothing bad to say at all, make it a part of your visit to Phimai.

Written October 16, 2018
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PATRICE B
Jakarta, Indonesia75 contributions
Khmers treasures
Aug 2018 • Couples
An incredible history of the area, from prehistoric to XIXth century, with beautiful sand stone carving, jewelry, Buddha of different kind...
The external storage is less interesting, but the museum is really a place to go.
Written August 6, 2018
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Huang Wzhong
481 contributions
Beyond expectation of historical museum
Jun 2018 • Solo
the great precious gems of historical preserving museum in North-eastern region of Thailand.

huge amount of preserving object collection which is so impressive and surprisingly.

however the museum should provided more short comprehensive data otherwise it quite difficult to follow up and understand the content in particular for someone who lacking of ancient khmer historical prerequisite knowledge background.

nevertheless, this is worth for visiting place, highly recommended
Written June 11, 2018
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BananaLu
Bangkok, Thailand774 contributions
Best in Isan!
Apr 2018 • Couples
Phimai National Museum is full of ancient sculptures taken from Phimai temple, but also from all the other temples that are around Surin and close to the Cambodia-Thai border. Some are amazingly beautifully carved and well preserved (one of my favourite ones were the churning of the milk ocean and few Hindu deities and lintels). Their understanding of navagrahas is different from Hindu temples in India, but as it was the same in Surin museum I wonder if it is actually normal...
There English explanations for the permanent exhibition everywhere (I did not find them as bad as some other visitors), but not on the temporary exhibition that was there in April. It is not enough to make you understand fully the Khmer empire, but if you are really interested in the topic then prepare your visit and read also in guides or online prior to your trip.
It is not that big but if you want to see each piece, you will need at least one hour.
Not much souvenirs at the shop (few books and t-shirts mostly...), but if you are looking for postcards or magnets, the national park with the temple has some.
It can be visited the same day as Sai Ngam (15-minute stop max) and the Phimai National park nearby (at least one hour of visit).
Even if you read and speak Thai, work and pay your income tax in Thailand, the staff still refuses to give to foreign visitors the local entrance price.
Written May 10, 2018
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Chanindh
Bangkok, Thailand178 contributions
A good location to learn about the Khmer civilisation in Thailand
Mar 2018 • Friends
This is a typical museum that is run by the Thai government. There are many very interesting and priceless ancient relics here, but the way they are exhibited can be improved in a big way. Pretty much all of the narratives are boring straightforward historical facts, and you would need to have some good knowledge of the ancient Khmer civilisation to understand most of these facts that are presented. Furthermore, the English translation is quite poorly done.

If you do visit, make sure you have a knowledgeable person with you to give the relics life and meaningfulness. Otherwise, you will be just looking at a bunch of ancient carved sandstone blocks.
Written April 3, 2018
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RudyVerhaegen
Antwerp120 contributions
A pleasant museum
Feb 2018 • Solo
Very nice museum, only at 500 meter from the Archeological Park.
Very big collection, nicely displayed in a huge modern attractive building...
Good big wall displays with explanations and a very friendly museum guard....
I guess it is an underestimated museum, because I was the ONLY visitor ....
Go there if you get a chance !
Written February 15, 2018
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WitoonTrakarnpruk188
Bangkok, Thailand76 contributions
In addition to Phimai castle
Feb 2018 • Family
After visited Phimai castle, highly recommend to visit the nearby museum. Many articles collected from the castle ruins were kept here. Also it is a good learning point for the prehistorical part of the area. Spend time here about 1.5-2 hrs depending on ones interest. Photo taking is prohibited inside.
Written February 8, 2018
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CoconutMiracle
Carcassonne Center, France65 contributions
Wonderful collection of Buddha statues
Jan 2018 • Couples
Huge display of original Buddha Statues, Ganesha and other divinities. Inside and outside museum. Very good condition.
Photos without flash are allowed. Really worth the visit.
Written January 7, 2018
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