Kaen National Museum
in the town of Khon Kaen, this museum has become the one of
the more notable museums in northeastern region. Exhibitions
include a comprehensive sampling of archeological discoveries
in the region.
the lower level, the museum offers an intriguing collection
of Ban Chiang artifacts, including pottery with geometric,
flower and animal designs, human skeletons, tools, ceramics
artifacts, and bronze objects. Also located on the first floor
is a collection of artifacts from the Dvaravati period, including
sema (boundary stones) from the Kalasin Province, stucco sculptures,
the upper level, bronze statuettes, silver plaques and votive
tablets from the Khmer and Lop Buri periods are on display,
and include Khmer and Lop Buri style Buddha images, a large
standing statue of a guardian spirit, and a small headless
statue of Vishnu. Perhaps the most interesting piece is a
stone lintel portraying Indra on a three-headed elephant.
In addition, the upper level of the museum contains several
artifacts from the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods.
Khon Kaen National Museum is open daily from 9.00-16.00, and
is closed on national and religious holidays.