Amazing UNESCO approved Ban Chiang, Udon, Isan, Thailand

English: Black Ceramic Ban Chiang Culture vase...

English: Black Ceramic Ban Chiang Culture vase. Thailand 1200-800 BCE. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Thai pedestaled vessel, late Ban Chia...

English: Thai pedestaled vessel, late Ban Chiang, 300 BCE – 20 CE, painted earthrnware, Honolulu Academy of Arts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Painted jar in Ban Chiang at National...

English: Painted jar in Ban Chiang at National Museum of Korea(1st century B.C.) 한국어: 국립중앙박물관의 반 치앙 굽다리 항아리 (기원전 1세기) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We spent a full morning at the National Museum Ban Chiang. This was an important highlight for us and we would strongly recommend it. Ban Chiang is an archeological site in Nong Han District, Udon Thani Province, Thailand. It has been on the UNESCO world heritage list since 1992. The site was discovered by chance in 1966. It has attracted enormous publicity because of its attractive natural  red  pottery that had been painstakingly painted using gold leaf. (Wikipedia).

The National Museum is really interesting. There are many beautiful and ancient pieces of pottery, including burial pots with the human remains, especially those of infants and even those of just a foetus.

 

Bowl with base. Lopburi 2300 BCE. Thailand, Ba...

Bowl with base. Lopburi 2300 BCE. Thailand, Bang Chiang culture. 210-200 BCE. Ceramic, painted. 132 cm. Located in the Museum für Indische Kunst, Berlin-Dahlem. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Open link for photos in the public domain. Our own photos will be published separately.

In this area, it is possible to shop for beautiful pieces of pottery that are good quality copies of the recently excavated originals. For example, we saw a party of school children all buying miniature copies for their families to take home as gifts.

 

 

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