Culture & Heritage
Arts and Culture Research Institute
Isan Arts and Culture Research Institute is in Maha Sarakham
University. The institute has exhibits on Isan arts and
culture. Of particular interest are displays on the origin
of weaving, the development of local fabrics, basketry and
woodwork, metalwork, the development of pottery, household
items, animal traps and related tools, musical equipment,
literature, ancient language inscriptions, and contemporary
art of students, as well as various media on regional arts
and culture for sale.
Ku Santarat is on the way to Na Dun. To get there, take
Highway No. 2040 past Kae Dam and Wapi Pathum, then turn
right onto Road No. 2045 and drive for 1 kilometre. The
site is a stone sanctuary built in the reign of King Jayavoraman
VII. This Bayon-style building was completed during 1157-1207.
This square laterite structure is similar to Ku Maha That.
The front doorway has a remarkably beautiful lintel.
That Na Dun
Phra That Na Dun, or the Buddha Monthon of Isan, is the
area where historical and archaeological findings that proved
the magnificence of the ancient city of Champa Si were made.
Artefacts found here are now on display at the Khon Kaen
National Museum. The most important piece is the stupa (pagoda)
encasing the holy relics of Lord Buddha in gold, silver
and bronze caskets. The site was from the Dvaravati period
of the 8th-10th century. This model for Phra That Na Dun
comes alive every Makha Bucha Day.How to get there, From
Maha Sarakham City, use highway 2040 via Amphoe Kae Dam
and Wapi Pathum, turn right into highway 2045 to Amphoe
Na Dun. Prathat is 65 kms from Maha Sarakham City... Link
Yuen Mongkhon and Phra Ming Mueang
Phra Yuen Mongkhon and Phra Ming Muang Buddha images are
the most important Buddha images of the province. They are
at Tambon Khan Than Rat on Highway No. 213, about 14 kilometres
from town. The images are in the Dvaravati style and are
made of red sandstone. It is believed that they can make
rainfall in the rainy season. Legend says a man built the
Ming Muang image, while a woman built the Yun Mongkhon image.
Arts and Culture Centre
Isan Arts and Culture Centre is in Maha Sarakham Rajabhat
Institute. The centre has exhibits on the origin of Isan
art, Isan literature on dried palm leaves and handicrafts
such as weaving and fabric designs.
Located in front of Lak Mueang Maha Sarakham School, the
shrine was built since 1865 by Thao Mahachai, the first
ruler of Maha Sarakham who has moved from Roi-Et to build
new city here. The city shrine was built as a sacred icon
of the city where Maha Sarakham people pay lot of respect...
The big reservoir is situated back of Rajabhat Maha Sarakham
University , some 3 kilometres from Maha Sarakham city.
Around the area is fishery station which breeds and distributes
different kinds of fresh water fish to provinces in the
region. Beautiful scenery around the reservoir attracts
a number of people to enjoy holiday here.
The 500-metre-long beach on the bank of Chi River is situated
in Ban Tha Duea, Tambon Nong Bon. Tourist can get there
via Kosum Phisai-Tha Phra-Khon Kaen Road. With clear and
shallow water, the beach is a good place for relaxing. Facilities
available on the beach include, beach beds, speed boat,
banana boat, jet ski, donut ski, life vest and etc.
Acquiring total area of 125 rais (50 acres) in Tambon Hua
Khwang, by Chi River, the park was established on October
1, 1976. The shady park is home to different big trees such
as Yang, Tabaek (Lagerstroemia floribunda Jack) and Kathum
(Anthocephalus chinensis (Lamk.) A. Rich.ex Walp.) whose
canopies connect to each other. With natural pond and scenery,
this park is home to different kinds of bird, big herd of
crab-eating macaque, as well as rare golden crab-eating
macaque.Attractions in the park include.
Tat. Rapids in Chi River is situated at north and east of
the park. Base rock acquires wide area in the river. When
the river descends between November and May, shallow water
allows rapids to appear. It has beautiful setting around
Lan Khoi. The terrain is occupied by toothbrush trees. Today,
over 200 of them are bended into different shapes.
macaque. The animals make this park their home. There are
two kinds of crab-eating macaques in the park, the grey
and golden macaque.
to get there, From Maha Sarakham City, take highway 208
for 28 kilometres. At Kosum Phisai Intersection, get into
asphalt road and keep going for 450 metres.
Lamphan No-hunting Area
Situated in Amphoe Na Chueak, 60 kilometres from Maha Sarakham
City, the area features two forest types namely deciduous
dipterocarp forest and peat swamp forest which is nourished
by stream all the time in particular spots. The area is
rich in endemic and rare species for both flora and fauna.
The most famous endemic species found here is Mealy Crab
Thaipotamon chulabhon Naiyanetr, 1993, or Pu Thunkramom
(named by HRH Princess Chulabhorn). A bit bigger than ricefield
crab, this kind of crab is quite colourful in purple, orange,
yellow, and white. Now, this endemic crab is enlisted as
protected animals. This No-hunting area is also good for
bird watching and studying the ecological system. For more
information, call 08-1817-9441, 08-1799-5795. How to get
there, Dun Lamphan No-hunting Area is situated on highway
219 (Borabue- Na Chueak-Phayakkhaphum Phisai), some 3 kilometres
from Amphoe Na Chueak Office.
Kut Wai Fish Sanctuary
Situated 10 kilometres from Maha Sarakham City, the lake
is home to over 100 species of freshwater fish. It is a
nice place where people can enjoy feeding the fish and relax.
The villaged is situated in Tambon Khwao, 4 kilometres from
Maha Sarakham city via highway 23 (Maha Sarakham-Roi Et).
The villagers here inherited ancient method of pottery from
their ancestor. From water pot and cooking pots, they have
diversified their products into various design to cope with
modern living style.
Ban Isan Museum is another interesting place that shows
the way of life of the Isan people. It is located a short
way from Phra That Na Dun. The museum is a research project
of Maha Sarakham University. It comprises model houses of
the various tribes in the region and there are exhibitions
displaying household items.
Nong Khuean Chang
Ban Nong Khuean Chang is at Mu 7, Tambon Ban Song Khon.
This village is renowned for making quality silk and cotton
materials. It is 12 kilometres from town on the Maha Sarakham-Kosum
Phisai Road. Turn left at the 12-km marker onto Highway
No. 1027 and drive for 2 kilometres.
Ban Phaeng village is famous for making reed mats. It is
38 kilometres from town (Highway No. 208). The mats are
local products that are used widely in Thailand. The village
does extensive reed farming and has set up a reed-mat-making
co-operative to demonstrate the process of making mats and
sell them at very affordable prices.
Long Forest Park
Chi Long Forest Park is at Ban Wang Wa, 10 kilometres from
town on the way to Kosum Phisai. The park is on an island
that was formed by a course divergence of the Mun River,
a main waterway of the Northeast. The island is covered
with shady rubber trees and a road circling it makes sightseeing
The lake packed with elephant’s ear plants is a nice place
to picnic for people in Kosum Phisai and nearby . Situated
in Tambon Hua Khwang, 100 metres from Kosamphi Forest Park,
the lake is 2.50 metres deep and acquires total area of
120 rais (48 acres). How to get there. Use the same way
with Kosamphi Botanical Park.
Rukavej Research Institute
Located east of Phra That Na Dun, the institute makes research
on conserving, improving, and distributing flora of the
region. It has bamboo terrain, herbal garden, Isan Cart
Museum, and Isan traditional house museum that features
different kinds of house in Isan such as Phu Thai house,
Isan fishery house, Isan musician house, animal traps house,
doctor house, and weaver’s house. Tourist can stay overnight
in these unique and interesting houses. For more information,
call 0 4379 7048, 0 4372 3539.