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Khon Kaen is the commercial,administrative an educational
centre of the Northeast,which is often used by travellers as a base for visiting many parts of upper Isan.

Khon Kaen National Museum houses objects from the Dvaravati period and bronze sculptures from Ban Chiang. Kaen Nakhon Lake in the centre of town is a popular spot for picnics and dining,while Wat That on its bank features typical Isan spires.

Khon Kaen is the centre of the northeastern silk industry with numerous villages producing their own mudmee designs. 😀 Chonnabot is noted for its quality silks. 😀 Every December the city hosts a Silk Fair,when all the best materials are on sale.

Unusual animals are popular in the province,with the cobra and the turtle villages high on tourist programmes. 😀 In both villages, the residents live with their proteges,training them and putting on fascinating shows. 😀 A dinosaur is the provincial symbol ever since remains of these great beasts were unearthed in Phu Wiang National Park,an area also famous for its flora,fauna and waterfalls.

Khon Kaen is 445 kilometres from Bangkok and has an area of about 10,886 square kilometres. It comprises the districts of Muang, Ban Phai, Phon, Nam Phong, Chum Phae, Phu Wiang, Mancha Khiri, Nong Ruea, Kranuan, Nong Song Hong, Chonnabot, Si Chomphu, Waeng Noi, Ubolratana, Ban Fang, Khao Suan Kwang, Phra Yuen, Waeng Yai, Pueai Noi, Phu Pha Man, Khok Pho Chai, Nong Na Kham, Sam Sung and Ban Haet.

 

 

 

Khon Kaen Attractions

Khon Kaen Art,Culture and Heritage

Art and Cultural Centre

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Located in the compound of Khon Kaen University, the Isan barn-style building features local knowledge in different areas; namely, arts, geography and history through a modern display. The centre can be accessed through the Si Than Gate.

Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon

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Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon or The 9-storey stupa   Located in  Wat Nong Waeng, a royal temple on Klang Mueang Road, the Phra Mahathat houses relics of the Lord Buddha and important Buddhist  scriptures. Doors and windows of the 9 storeys of the stupa are beautifully carved, featuring the life and former reincarnations of the Lord Buddha, 16 classes of visible deities in the Brahmas world, and Buddhist rites. Murals within the stupa feature history of the town. The top floor, on the 9th storey, houses relics of the Lord Buddha. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the town from there.

Phrathat Kham Kaen

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Located in Wat Chetiyaphum, the Phrathat is believed to be the origin of Khon Kaen city since ancient times. Phrathat Kham Kaen can be date the 20th century A.D. According to the legend, a back to  king who ruled Mori town in the Khmer kingdom assigned 9 senior monks to bring relics of the Lord Buddha to be placed in Phrathat Phanom. On the way, the caravan spent a night here, setting a camp by the heartwood of a dead tamarind tree. The caravan reached Nakhon Phanom on the next day just to learn that Phrathat Phanom had already been completed, so they returned on the same route with a wish to place the relics at their hometown instead. On the way back, they were surprised to find the dead tamarind tree buddingly lush. Therefore, they decided to build a Phrathat here and placed the relics and Buddha images inside, naming Phrathat Kham Kaen which means the stupa of tamarind heartwood.The Phrathat is now well renovated and landscaped. A celebration is held annually on the full moon day of the 6th lunar month. Phrathat Kham Kaen is 12 kilometres from downtown Khon Kaen. Visitors can get there via Highway 209 (Khon Kaen-Kalasin route). After crossing the Nam Phong River, turn left and keep going for another 14 kilometres.

Buffalo Conservation Village

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Supported by the provincial livestock offices, villagers have kept lots of water buffaloes until the village was honoured as the centre to conserve and develop Thai water buffalo. For more information, call Nawa Subdistrict Administration Organisation at Tel. 0 4321 1466.

Prem Tinsulanonda Military Fort and Hall of Honour

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Prem Tinsulanonda Military Fort and Hall of Honour
The hall of honour features the biography and achievement of statesman Gen. Prem Tinsulanonda who devoted himself for developing Thailand in different areas. Group visitors can contact in prior at the Prem Tinsulanonda Fort, Tel. 0 4324 9490.

Art and Cultural Centre

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Located in the compound of Khon Kaen University, the Isan barn-style building features local knowledge in different areas; namely, arts, geography and history through a modern display. The centre can be accessed through the Si Than Gate.

Hong Mun Mang or Khon Kaen City Museum

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Hong Mun Mang or Khon Kaen City MuseumThis museum is situated by the Kaen Nakhon Lake in the town.Hong: means a tower for keeping treasures. Hong Mun Mang is a tower where accumulated historical articles of Khon Kaen are preserved. It is a museum which reflects the way of life of Khon Kaen people from the past to the present.This museum was established in order to link each community in Khon Kaen province and to make people feel pride in their community. It is also a center of study and research on the history of Khon Kaen. There are 5 zones:

Zone 1 : Introduction to Khon Kaen province
Zone 2 : History and Culture of Khon Kaen
Zone 3 : The founding of the city
Zone 4 : Towns and lifestyles of Khon Kaen people
Zone 5 : Khon Kaen Today.

The museum is open daily, except Mondays, from 12 noon – 8.00 p.m. Entrance fee is 90 baht. For more information please contact The Town Council Office of Khon Kaen, Prachasamran Road, Mueang District, Khon Kaen Province, Tel.0 4327 1173, 04322 4032 during office hours.

Sala Mai Thai

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Located in Khon Kaen Vocational College, Sala Mai Thai is part of the project to celebrate the 60th birthday anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen (August 12, 1992). The silk centre was established to support Her Majesty the Queens mission to promote silk and silk products from Isan as well as conserve the traditions. The centre feature the silk production process from dyeing to weaving, tools for silk production and rare equipment, and different ancient silk textiles various pattern. The centre also exhibits the world’s most expensive Mudmee silk textile woven by the people of Chonnabot people. The silk textile has won Asian award in silk contest.Sala Mai Thai is open daily during official hours, Monday to Friday during 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. For more information, contact the Khon Kaen Vocational College, Amphoe Chonnabot, Khon Kaen 40180 at Tel. 0 4328 6160.How to get there: From downtown Khon Kaen, visitors can go via Highway 2 (Khon Kaen-Korat) for 44 kilometres. Turn right at Ban Phai Intersection to Highway 229 and go for another 11 kilometres. Sala Mai Thai is on the left, opposite to Kong Kaeo Lake.

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