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346 kilometres from Bangkok, Phetchabun borders on three regions, the North, the Central and the Northeast. The central part of the province is on the Pa Sak river basin with mountain ranges running along both the western and eastern sectors. Because of the fertility of the land, Phetchabun has always been an agriculturally productive area. The very name of the province actually means the land of crops and foods.

Today, Phetchabun is a province with rich tourism potential. Its climate is pleasant due to the mountainous and forested areas and it has a history of richness and prosperity for more than 1,400 years. As and Sukhothai styles have been discovered.

Phetchabun is administratively divided into the following districts: Muang, Lom Sak, Lom Kao, Chon Daen, Nong Phai, Wichian Buri, Si Thep, Bueng Sam Phan, Wang Pong, Nam Nao and Khao Kho.

 

 

Phetchabun Attractions

Phetchabun Art, Culture & Heritage

King Naresuan the Great Shrine : It is the enshrining venue of King Naresuan the Great statue, constructed by the people of Wichian Buri to commemorate the king honour in leading the troops to fight against the Khmer in this city. Their Majesties the King and the Queen also participated in the worshipping ceremony of King Naresuan the Great on 25 July, 1975. Every year, the District Office will organise a ceremony to celebrate the establishment of this shrine on the Royal Thai Armed Forces Day during 24-26 January.To get there:Take Highway No. 21 (Lom Sak Saraburi Road) for 5 kilometres from the Wichian Buri District Office.How to get thereBy Car

Take Highway No. 21 (Lom Sak Saraburi Road) for 5 kilometres from the Wichian Buri District Office.

Khao Kho Sacrificial Monument :
It was built to honour the heroic deeds of the civilians, soldiers, policemen and those who sacrificed their lives in the fight to protect the connecting area of the 3 provinces; namely, Phitsanulok, Phetchabun and Loei during 1968 1982. It is made of marble in a triangle shape with a height of 24 metres. It represents the cooperative mission between the civilians, soldiers, and policemen in 1981. The inside wall displays the history of the Memorial and a name list of the people in the event.To get there: Take Highway 2196 until Km. 28. At the T-junction, turn right to Highway 2323 for 3 kilometres, being a total distance of 31 kilometres.
Pho Khun Pha Mueang Memorial : The Pho Khun Pha Muang Memorial at Lom Sak district in the north of Phetchabun commemorates this former ruler or the area, which was a contemporary of Sukhothai.
Khao Rang : It is a viewpoint where the panoramic scenery can be admired. It is on the Phetchabun Taphan Hin route. This road was constructed during World War II, and could be considered as a way to access Phetchabun. During the construction period, there were difficulties. Many of the workers passed away due to malaria.
The Nakhonban Phetchabun Cultural Hall : It is a large auditorium hall for the study concerning the history of Phetchabun. It can be divided into 2 parts. The first part is an exhibition of some ancient pictures and antiques from the Fine Arts Department in the various periods of the Phetchabun history. The second part is a stage for performances and presentations on history, traditions, and cultures of Phetchabun.
Phra Tamnak Khao KhoPhra Tamnak Khao Kho is located on Khao Ya Mountain. The palace was constructed for the King on the occasion of his royal visit to observe the projects from his royal initiatives, as well as, to visit the people in Khao Kho district and the ones nearby. It is a concrete building in a semi-circle shape with 15 rooms overall making it different from other places. Visitors can ask officials for permission to visit the surroundings of the palace.To get there: Take Highway 2196 until reaching Km. 29, continue for 4 kilometres and turn left to the palace. The route is quite steep, vehicles should be in good condition and possess high engine power. From Phetchabun to Khao Kho, take Highway No. 21, Phetchabun Lom Sak to the Na Ngua T-junction, a distance of 13 kilometres. Turn left along Highway 2258 for another 30 kilometres. Otherwise, take Highway No. 12, Phitsanulok Lom Sak to Km. 100. At Ban Camp Son, turn left into Khao Kho along Highway 2196 for 33 kilometres. The transport to Khao Kho should not be a coach because there are many curves along the route. The roads are quite narrow and steep. A pick-up or a van in good condition is more appropriate.Tourists who travel by bus can rent a Song Thaeo at the entrance to Khao Kho in the Camp Son area. At Km. 100, there is a minibus provided from 8.00 a.m. 5.00 p.m. Otherwise, a Song Thaeo can be rented at the Municipal Market in Mueang Phetchabun.By CarTake Highway 2196 until reaching Km. 29, continue for 4 kilometres and turn left to the palace. The route is quite steep, vehicles should be in good condition and possess high engine power. From Phetchabun to Khao Kho, take Highway No. 21, Phetchabun Lom Sak to the Na Ngua T-junction, a distance of 13 kilometres. Turn left along Highway 2258 for another 30 kilometres. Otherwise, take Highway No. 12, Phitsanulok Lom Sak to Km. 100. At Ban Camp Son, turn left into Khao Kho along Highway 2196 for 33 kilometres. The transport to Khao Kho should not be a coach because there are many curves along the route. The roads are quite narrow and steep. A pick-up or a van in good condition is more appropriate.By Bus

Tourists who travel by bus can rent a Song Thaeo at the entrance to Khao Kho in the Camp Son area. At Km. 100, there is a minibus provided from 8.00 a.m. 5.00 p.m. Otherwise, a Song Thaeo can be rented at the Municipal Market in Mueang Phetchabun.

Phra Borommathat Chedi KanchanaphisekPhra Borommathat Chedi Kanchanaphisek is located on the summit of Khao Kho, next to the Witchamai Punyaram monastic residence whose top contains the relic of the Lord Buddha, brought from Sri Lanka. This chedi was constructed by the people of Phetchabun as merit making for the King on the auspicious occasion of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty Accession to the Throne. On important religious occasions such as Makha Puja Day, people will regularly come to conduct a religious ceremony such as a candlelight procession around the temple.
Si Thep Historical Park : Si Thep Historical Park is an interesting source of knowledge on ancient remains of Phetchabun, covering the area of Si Thep Ancient Town, which was originally called Mueang Aphai Sali, believed to have been constructed during the prosperous time of the Ancient Khmer Empire, aged not less than 1,000 years.Si Thep Ancient Town is surrounded by a moat and a mound, covering an area of 2,889 rai. It is divided into 2 parts; namely, the inner town and the outer one. The inner town covers an area of 1,300 rai. Its shape is nearly a circle with a diameter of 1.5 kilometres with 6 entrances. The compound of the town is an undulating plain with ponds and swamps scattered around the area. There has been a discovery of more than 70 ancient remains. Some have been excavated and renovated. The outer town covers an area of 1,589 rai in a rectangular shape, connecting to the inner one. It is double the size of the inner one with 6 entrances, as well as, ponds and remains scattered within the compound.Important remains and attractions in the park are as follows:The Information Centre (New Centre) is a building displaying ancient remains and exhibitions on the history and archaeology of the Si Thep Historical Park, comprising a conference room or a lecture room prior to entering an exhibition hall.The Archaeological Excavation Building is a building displaying human skeletons and those of the elephant which were discovered in 1988.

The Information Centre (Old Centre) is an exhibition venue displaying information in rotation on history, archaeology, as well as, activities on the preservation of arts and culture. The building comprises an exhibition hall and a book and souvenir shop.

Prang Song Phi Nong comprises 2 prangs situated on a large laterite base facing west, each with a single entrance. From the archaeological excavation, a stone lintel engraved into the God Shiva carrying his consort Parvati sitting on his mount Usubharaj bull was discovered. The characteristics of the lintel and colonnettes of the entrance are factors for considering the age of the prang. It is estimated to have been built during the 11th -12th century in the Baphuon style of Khmer art and the Angkor Wat Period. The small prang was later constructed on the boundary wall surrounding the large prang. Moreover, some construction was made to obstruct the entrance by making an additional platform at its front, as well as, a small construction in the north.

Prang Si Thep is architecture in the Khmer style of art facing to the west. It is made of bricks and laterite. The base is made of laterite into the so-called lotus base, similar to the general Khmer architecture, while the relic chamber is made of bricks. From the excavation in this area, engraved lintel fragments aged around the 11th – 12th century were discovered. It is assumed to have been constructed in a period later than the Khao Khlang Nai. Later, in the 13th century, there was an attempt to renovate it, but this was not succeesful, assuming from the scattered leftovers in the area. Between Prang Song Phi Nong and Prang Si Thep is a surrounding wall and small ceremonial constructions scattered around. It presents the Khmer style of architectural plan for religious sites, similar to those found in the northeastern part of Thailand.

Khao Khlang Nai Ancient Monument is situated nearly in the middle of the town, and was constructed around the 6th 7th century. Its plan is rectangular facing to the east, and its art is similar to Dvaravati towns such as Nakhon Pathom and Khu Bua Ancient Town. The laterite was utilised as a main construction material. Around its base are decorative stucco sculptures of human beings and animals in the Dvaravati style of art. The structure has been believed to be a weapon and treasure cellar and thus, has been called Khao Khlang.

Chaopho Si Thep Shrine is behind the Saen Ngon Gate (in the west). The shrine has been highly revered by the locals. Every year, there will be a worshipping ceremony in February during the 2nd 3rd day of the waxing moon in the 3rd lunar month.

Apart from the aforementioned ancient remains, there are minor ones scattered in every direction. In the south of Khao Khlang Nai stands a laterite ordination hall with stone boundary markers that were found near the excavation site. There is also a square ancient remain in the Dvaravati style, which was covered by another construction during the Hindu period. It presents that the inner town was likely to have existed in the Dvaravati period, while the Khmer architecture was constructed later.

Besides, in the south a large Mondop in the Dvaravati style was discovered, which was later changed into a Hindu temple during the early 13th century, but was not finished; it was similar to Prang Si Thep. Moreover, an ancient pond called Sa Kaeo outside the town to the north, and Sa Khwan within the outer town were discovered. Both are still full with water throughout the year. The water inside is believed to be sacred and has been utilised in the Oath of Allegiance Ceremony up to the present time.

Si Thep Historical Park is open daily from 8.30 a.m. 4.30 p.m. Entrance fee is 30 Baht. For a group visit or a request for a lecturer, contact Si Thep Historical Park, Si Thep District, Phetchabun 67170, Tel. 0 5679 1787 or www.srithep.fineart.go.th. Moreover, there is a service tram provided costing 10 Baht a person

By Car

Si Thep Historical Park is 130 kilometres from Mueang Phetchabun along Highway 21, Saraburi Lom Sak Road. At Km. 102, turn into Highway 2211 for around 9 kilometres, and a direction sign to the entrance of the ancient town will be seen on the right hand side.

By Bus

There are both ordinary and air-conditioned buses departing the Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2), Kamphaeng Phet Road, to Amphoe Si Thep Market (Ban Klang) and take a service car to the park.

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