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Chai Nat Muni National Museum
Chai Nat Muni National Museum is under the 4th Regional Office of Fine Arts in Lop Buri province, Department of Fine Arts, Ministry of Culture. It collects, preserves, conserves and displays ancient objects and arts objects that are national arts and cultural heritage. It is also a key tourist attraction of Chai Nat province. It is located within the temple grounds of Phra Borommathat Worawihan Temple in Mueang district, Chai Nat province covering an area of 3 rai and 45 wah2.
It was established by the interest of Phra Chai Nat Muni (Nuam Suthatto), former Ecclesiastical Provincial Governor of Chai Nat and the former abbot of Phra Borommathat Worawihan Temple. He collected a large number of arts objects and antiques found in Chai Nat and nearby areas to store in the museum. Later, Phra Chai Nat Muni was pleased to deliver those objects to be national asset for the sake of historical and archaeological studies. In 1966, the Department of Fine Arts constructed a museum building near the temple and named it Chai Nat Muni National Museum to commemorate Phra Chai Nat Muni. It has been opened to the public since 1969.
The exhibits were displayed on two storeys:
Downstairs displays historical events and archaeology of Chai Nat province. Old artefacts include tools, ornaments from the pre-historic and the Dvaravati periods, and Buddha images from various periods. Old objects built to serve as offerings to Buddha are displayed in the other part of this floor such as scripture cabinet, utensils, sculpture and porcelain in the Lop Buri, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin periods as well as Chinese Arts.
Upstairs displays votive tablets found from the archaeological operation in Thailand ranging from those in Dvaravati, Si Wichai, Lop Buri, Ayutthaya to Rattankosin periods, lacquered wood and a small bronze Buddha image. There is also a national ancient object, that is, Buddha images in the attitude of Subduing Mara of Lanna arts during the 21st to 22nd Buddhist era century, which is a national important ancient object because it is the only one Buddha image in this attitude in Thailand.
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