Bang Chiang,World Heritage Site,Udon Thani,Thailand

The World Heritage Site Museum is closed Mondays. Sawadee says Opening Hours: Daily from 09.00 am – 04.00 pm.
Admission: 150 Baht for foreigners and 30 Baht for Thai citizen and Tourism Authority of Thailand asys  Operating day:Wednesday – Sunday Annd according to Tourism Authority of Thailand Ban Chiang National Museum located at Ban Chiang, Tambon Ban Chiang, Amphoe Nong Han, is comprised of two parts. The first part stores antiques. Inside the building, old artifacts, ( as opposed to new artifacts, I guess) ancient Ban Chiang culture, tools and utensils that showcase ancient technology and surroundings, as well as earthenware pots from 4,000 to 7,500 years old, are displayed. The second part is an open museum in the compound of Wat Po Si Nai.

The Fine Arts Department has retained the conditions of archaeological excavations to illustrate how earthenware pots and other items were buried along with the dead. Ban Chiang National Museum is considered the first open museum in Thailand. As for the Ban Chiang earthenware pots, they are known world-wide because Ban Chiang was the origin of a pre-historic civilization. Archaeologists believe the designs on Ban Chiang earthenware are the oldest pot designs in the world.
A number of controversies surround the site. I will leave that to you to research and make your own decisions.
The OTOP operation at Wat Po Si Nai charges more for many items than the shops right across from the museum compound. I am not sure if WIFI would actually work when the museum is open, but I would not depend on it. All in all I would recomend a stop at the site even on a Monday as there is no charge on that day and a number of thins to include the dig site are open

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