Surin Travel Guide :
Surin National Museum
| Surin National Museum has recently opened its doors. It is located in Surin town and has exhibits that cover 5 main categories. If you want to learn more about Surin province, this is a place not to be missed under any circumstances.
The geography section of the museum covers exhibits and information relating to the regional climate, soil sciences, water resources, wildlife, forests, national parks and geology of the area. In addition, this is area of the museum that covers the ancient as well as modern practices of rice farming because the province of Surin is best suited area in Thailand for growing the famous Jasmine rice.
One section of the museum is devoted to archaeology. However, it is not at all boring because you can find out how the people of this area lived during pre-historic times. In addition, you can admire many antiques that have been unearthed from different eras, namely Dvaravati, Khmer and Ayutthaya-Lanchang periods. Many of the famous ancient historical sites have been replicated digitally and shown to visitors via a projector.
If you want to learn more about the history of Surin town, then this section is for you. The City History section covers all aspects of the town from ancient times until present. There are displays about Kuay tribe who were responsible for capturing the white elephant that escaped from Ayutthaya, how and when the first locomotive arrived in Surin, what was the education like in the ancient times and how the market of Surin looked when it was first established.
The Ethnology Section of the Surin National Museum is devoted to the 4 ethnic tribes of this region -- Kuay, Khmer, Laotian, and Thai Khorat. You can find out everything about their lifestyle, houses, traditions and rituals in this section.
If you are eager to know more about how the famous silk cloth of Surin Province is made, how elephant rearing is done and how silver handicrafts are made, then the Heritage Section is the right place for you.
The Surin National Museum is open from Wednesday through Sunday from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and you have to pay an entrance fee of 30 Baht to see the beautiful and educating exhibits housed there.