Guide to Ubon Ratchathani National Museum


Top Things to see and do at Ubon Ratchathani National Museum


Isaan, Thailand’s northeastern region has a rich and illustrious history and culture that distinguishes it from the rest of the Kingdom. To gain a fascinating insight into the region’s unique heritage you should head to the Ubon Ratchathani National Museum, which provides a superb overview of the region’s geography, history, culture, architecture, art and religion.
Ubon Ratchathani National Museum

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Ubon Ratchathani National Museum date founded

The museum, opened in 1989, is housed in the former city hall, which was built in 1918 during the reign of King Rama VI. Each room of this rectangle wooden building represents a period of time in the region’s history and contains both Thai and English descriptions.

Ardhanarisvara at Ubon Ratchathani National Museum

The museum’s most prized possession is a 9th-century statue combining the Hindu God Shiva and his consort Uma, called the Ardhanarisvara. This is believed to be one of only two such statues to have ever been found in Thailand. Other highlights include a bronze drum believed to be 2,500 years old as well as precious religious objects.

Civilizations of Isaan Culture at Ubon Ratchathani National Museum

Isaan has long been at the confluence of Thai, Lao and Khmer cultures, and this fact is reflected in the museum’s exhibitions, which contain remarkable collections from the civilizations that have for centuries vied for influence in this region.

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The Ubon Ratchatani National Museum does an excellent job of condensing the region’s distinctive history and development into informative and stimulating exhibitions that manage to both educate and entertain, whilst masterfully preserving and promoting local cultures and traditions. So if you are curious to learn more about this endlessly fascinating corner of Thailand, here is a great place to start.

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