Contact: Education Service Unit, Kallayani Wattana Institute of Arts and Culture, Songkhla Nakharin University, Pattani Campus, Amphoe Mueang, Pattani Province 94000 Tel. 0 7331 3930 -50 ext. 1472, 1473, 1476, 0 7333 1250
Located on the campus of Songkhla Nakharin University in Pattani town, the Kallayaniwatthana Institute of Arts and Culture is particularly valuable for visitors and local people interested in the history and culture of southern Thailand. The Institute, named for Princess Kallayaniwatthana, the elder sister of King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII) and King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), is divided into two sections: the Phra Thepyanmoli Museum and the Khatichon Witthaya Museum.
The Phra Thepyanmoli Museum displays the history, activities, and utensils of Phra Thepyanmoli, a revered Buddhist monk of southern Thailand. Phra Thepyanmoli, born in 1897, served as the abbot of important temples and as the leader of the Buddhist Sangha (organization of monks) for both Pattani province and the region. Meanwhile, the Khatichon Witthaya Museum focuses on the daily lives of the ordinary Malay Muslim inhabitants of Pattani. It displays stories, case studies, utensils, and arts of Muslim households in the southern border provinces. Some exhibits go back to pre-historic times and some focus on the history of the ancient town of Yarang, with displays on its pottery, beliefs and technology.
The Kallayaniwatthana Institute of Arts and Culture is open Mondays to Fridays from 9.00 am-11:30 am and 1.00 pm-4.00 pm except for public holidays. Entry is free of charge.
More information can be sought by calling 0 7331 3930-50 ext. 1472, 1473 and 1476, or 0 7333 1250. Call the same numbers in advance to arrange a group tour or to request a guide.