Phimai National Museum
Phimai National Museum
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Siri Nakorn Rd, Phimai 30110 Thailand
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WitoonTrakarnpruk188
Bangkok, Thailand87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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PATRICE B
Jakarta, Indonesia81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Zlabermahnte
Venice, Italy155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
The value of the works kept in this museum is inestimable, you could cry out of wonder in seeing the khmer bas-reliefs or the magnificent ancient statues. The personnel is nice and the place is clean, cool, super quiet and lots of info are provided (but you can open internet and study more if you are interested anyway) and yet some ignorant, whiny tourists find the courage to publicly complain about the price of the ticket or the fact they did not have a free guide. What a shame!! If you are one of these miserable folks, make the world a favour, stay home! If you are a history passionate, you'll find a true paradise here.
Written November 15, 2017
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MW46Jackson
Phnom Penh, Cambodia126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Australia802 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Huang Wzhong
481 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Thailand754 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Thailand175 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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
Antwerp133 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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