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Non Mueang Ancient Town The ancient town is located at Ban Na Pho, 80 kilometres from downtown Khon Kaen. Legends say the hill known as Non Mueange was the location of an ancient town. Acquiring a 216 rai area, the oval hill has double moats. Archaeologists have found sandstone Sema boundary markers in Dvaravati style in the town and nearby. Potsherds were scattered around. Some were painted in red, and some decorated with incising and cord-marked patterns. In the soil layer of the Dvaravati period ( 7-11th century ), none of the funeral-related artefacts was found.

So,  archaeologists  presumed that the  funeral of  this town  changed  after the arrival of

Buddhism. In  deeper soil, more  interesting  historical evidence was found.  Archaeologists

found that there used to be a human settlement here since the late pre historic period. They

discovered human skeletons dating back 2,500 years ago. Funeral tools and utensils were

buried together with the bodies. The utensils found included pottery decorated with painted,

incising and cord-marked pattern, bronze and animal-bone bangles, shells, colourful beads,

as well as iron tools such as hoe, sickle, and animals bones; namely deer, barking deer, and

different fishes. These artefacts prove that people in this community lived on agriculture until

the Lop Buri period ( 11-12th century ).

How to get there: Motorists can get there via Highway 12, Khon Kaen - Chum Phae Road, then make a left turn at Chum Phae Post Office, continuing for another five kilometres.

Sala Mai Thai Located in Khon Kaen Vocational College, Sala Mai Thai is part of the project to celebrate the 60th birthday anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen ( August 12, 1992 ). The silk centre was established to support Her Majesty the Queens mission to promote silk and silk products from Isan as well as conserve the traditions. The centre feature the silk production process from dyeing to weaving, tools for silk production and rare equipment, and different ancient silk textiles various pattern. The centre also exhibits the world's most expensive Mudmee silk textile woven by the

people of Chonnabot people. The silk textile has won Asian award in silk contest.

Sala Mai Thai is open daily during official hours, Monday to Friday during 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Khon Kaen Vocational College, Amphoe Chonnabot, Khon Kaen

at Tel. 0 4328 6160     0 4328 6160      

How to get there: From downtown Khon Kaen, visitors can go via Highway 2 ( Khon Kaen - Korat ) for

44 kilometres. Turn right at Ban Phai Intersection to Highway 229 and go for another 11 kilometres.

Sala Mai Thai is on the left, opposite to Kong Kaeo Lake.

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