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No matter how uninteresting museums may seem to some people, they are appreciated by many; and all of us have to agree that they do provide great information on their focused topics. The Lower Northeastern Cultural Center is a small museum small enough to keep your little ones’ attention all the way through, but large enough to give you a good grasp on the region.
The Lower Northeast is known to be the most populated area by the primitive human communities, making it rich in culture and history that are worth learning. The Cultural Center is located in a 2-level building of the Rajabhat University of Buriram. It is easily spotted as the building’s exterior has the mixed design of present-day architecture with an imitation of Buriram’s famous Phanom Rung Castle. The inside features the lower northeastern Thai culture through antiques, artifacts, and modern displays. Objects collected here come from pre-historical time, Tawaravadee, Lopburi as well as modern-day eras.
Exhibitions include Northeastern geography, Buriram History, Buriram ancient community, religions and beliefs, elephants and the culture of Suai hill tribe, traditional fabric and life, hand-woven clothes, Buriram pottery and ceramics, Buriram traditional lifestyle in addition to the northeastern musical instruments and traditional hunting tools. There is also a large elephant skeleton shown here that was donated to the center by a local family. Children especially love this rare opportunity to study the structure of this large Thai mammal.
It is probably not a bad idea to make this place your first stop before you head elsewhere in Buriram or Thailand’s northwestern provinces as this one visit of 30 minutes to an hour will give you an insight of the whole lower northeastern region of Thailand. It will provide you with a much better understanding of the things you will see as well as help you appreciate the Thai way of life at a deeper level.
From Bangkok, use Highway No. 1 (Phaholyothin) and turn right onto Highway No. 2 (Mittraphap) in Saraburi province. Then follow the signs to get onto Highway No. 224 and 24 (Chok Chai-Det Udom) respectively. You will pass Nong Ki and Nang Rong Districts before turning left onto Highway 218 heading to Buriram. The Center is located in the Buriram Rajabhat Institute in the center of Buriram province.