A Visit to The National Museum of Prachinburi and Historical Sites in Prachinburi Province
We expect government regulations will allow this trip to go ahead. In the unlikely event that it is not possible we will give all members a full refund. During the trip we will follow all government Covid-19 guidelines.
Prachinburi Province is situated on the Prachin River, some 140 km east of Bangkok. The surrounding area has a rich history going back to the Dvaravati and early Khmer periods. It was an important port and commercial center from at least the time of the Mons of Dvarati and later under the Khmer rule. It is now a quiet, small provincial capital in the centre of a rice-growing area. There are a number of Dvaravati and Angkor laterite foundations found in this province. The excellent Prachinburi National Museum, housed in a modern building, displays objects found at the old town of Si Mahosot, Sa Morakot, and other archaeological sites in Prachinburi province. These include a superb Dvaravati image of the Buddha seated in meditation flanked by multi-roofed stupas, several fine Khmer images and relief carvings, and remarkable lintels in the style of Sambor Prei Kuk. Though the museum is small, the exhibitions are excellent. It is one of the places in this province where members can enjoy visiting over and over again.
Muang Si Mahosot, an excavation site located some 20 km south of the town of Prachinburi, was an important ancient town during Dvaravati period. With Buddha images as well as sculptures of Hindu deities and a stone bas-relief of animal figures along the edges of an ancient pond, it was one of the most important towns of the period.
Sa Morakot is a well-preserved Khmer “baray”, dating from the reign of King Jayavarman VII. Various laterite carving, foundation of Khmer ruins, an ancient footprint, and an inscription found in the vicinity are on display for visitors at Sa Morakot.
On Sunday, 14 March 2021, The Siam Society is arranging a study trip for members to visit the National Museum in Prachinburi and two historical sites mentioned above in Prachinburi province. Members will leave the Society by bus at 07:00 and will return to the Society at about 20:30
The tentative programme will be as follows:
|07:00||Depart The Siam Society for Prachinburi province by bus (140 km)|
|10:30||Arrive in the town of Prachinburi and visit the National Museum located near the City Hall.|
|Noon:||Proceed to the ancient town of Si Mahosot (20 km)|
|–||Picnic lunch in the area.|
|Afternoon:||Visit many excavation sites in the old town of Si Mahosot, an interesting ancient pond with carving of animal figures along the edges, an ancient city moats and Buddha image of Dvaravati period, etc.|
|–||Proceed to visit a well preserved Khmer “baray”, dating from the reign of King Jayavarman VII at Sa Morakot (10 km)|
|–||Visit the “Baray” and various artefacts of Khmer style and Sinhalese style found in the vicinity of Sa Morakot.|
|16:30||Depart Sa Morakot for Bangkok.|
|20:30||Arrive at The Siam Society.|
|The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary.|
Note – To comply with the measures recommended by the government due to the COVID-19 pandemic protect yourself and others around you by knowing the facts and taking appropriate precautions. The Society kindly ask our participants to follow the safety and precaution measures that have been declared by the government and health organisations.
The contribution of THB 2,500 (THB 3,000 for non-members), will cover local transportations, lunch, gratuities and other costs incurred to make this trip possible. In addition, basic travel insurance is included. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges. Please pay by cash or cheque payable to “The Siam Society”. Alternatively, you can transfer the money to The Siam Society travel account at TMB Bank, Asoke Branch, saving account no. 053-2-18000-7. Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us.
For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert at Tel. 02-661-6470-3 ext. 504 or Khun Supanut Tel. 02-661-6470-3 ext. 506, Fax 02-258-3491 or email: email@example.com. The Society office is open from 09:00 to 17:00, Tuesday to Saturday.