Thailand - Korat 1 (Nakhon Ratchasima)
Photo Gallery of Korat or Khorat (Nakhon Ratchasima) in Thailand.
Korat is the gateway to Issan (Northeast area of Thailand) and the biggest city in the northeast. It's located about 250 km northeast of Bangkok and is dotted with ruins such as Phimai in Khmer or Ayuttaya period. Recently, it has industrialized and there are a lot of Japanese resident officers.
A lot of ancient remains were found and you'll see them at "Khao Chan Ngam Cave" and "Ban Prasat Archaeological Site".
In the center of the city, the statue of Thao Suranaree (Ya Mo) stands which people are proud of, worship, and is a landmark of the city.
<Rock Painting at Khao Chan-Ngam Cave>
(From an explanation board )
The rock painting here are one of the most important archaeological evidence of northeastern Thailand.They were found in 1938.
Its painted on the vast rock cliff, 3-4metres above the ground.
From the study, the paintings were painted red in order to depict the lifestyles and activities of mankind in late pre-historic periods, living around 3,000 to 4,000 years ago.
There are 32 figures, 28 males, 2 females and a child. The animals are chickens or bird, an animal like hedgehogs, tigers, lions and dogs. There is one painting illustrating bows and arrows.
[Korat] Ban Prasat Archaeological Site
Ban Prasat Archaeological Site is located at Amphoe Nong Sung in Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima) in Thailand,
about 45km north of the town of Korat city.
A lot of ancient relics in the Iron Age or the Bronze Age were discovered here such as human bones and various kinds of artifacts.
The site is considered to be an agricultural-ceramic society in prehistoric times about 3,000 years ago with its own typical civilization, different from Ban Chiang in Udon thani.
You can go and enjoy a museum and three excavation pits to see the discoveries.
It looks like you can homestay in this area.
(The picture above: pictures of the excavation activity in the museum.)
By the way, Ban Prasat has received two international awards:
1) PATA Gold Award 1994 for PATA Heritage and Culture.
(PATA: Pacific Asia Travel Association)
2) ASENTA Award 1996 for Excellence in Tourism.
(ASENTA: ASEAN Tourism Association)
Ban Prasat Museum
|Now, let's go and check the museum first.
You'll see the information about the excavation pits and discoveries. What's more, they show you the present life of Korat.
(It shows houses in pre-historical period. People lived in houses like above with animals such as buffalos, dogs, pigs, and birds.)
(This was found about 5m below ground.
It had shells around the head and pottery around its shoulders.)
(This area was surrounded by a moat and the shape was oval.)
(Pots with trumpet rims in red. )
(Various ornaments were found.)
(Pottery was made in pre-historical period and people used it for keeping food or water.
People in this area still make pottery.)
(People believe there is a goddess, Mae Posob, who protects rice fields and crops.
They have a ceremony for the goddess twice a year, in December and in March.)
(They have a festival for the spirit house once a year in May or June.
All monks in the area visit the house and pray. Special food are prepared for this festival and people play music.)
(They are a little bit old ones but looks like people in this area make this kind of bags.)
|Tools for fishing
(They are tools for fishing.)
(They are tools for weaving.)
|Life of the people
(People cultivate rice, make reed mats reed bags.
The big fans are made as well.)