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Nakhon Ratchasima,  Places of Interest to visit

Northeastern Museum of Petrified Wood and Mineral Resources, at present, this area has a collection of over 10,000 petrified wood pieces. Some are displayed in the garden. Within this compound, petrified wood was unearthed just beneath the surface to eight metres underground. The wood discovered is of various sizes from pebbles to rocks are aged from 1 to 70 million years old.

 

Khao Yai National Park  is the Phanom Dong Rak mountain range. It covers four provinces; Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Nayok, Saraburi, and Prachin Buri. The jungle here divides the Central Region and the Northeast. Khao Yai became Thailand’s first national park on 18 September 1962 and is a ASEAN World Heritage because of its variety of flora and fauna. The general terrain of Khao Yai National Park consists of mixed forests and rainforests.

 

Muang Sema Historical Site: The Sema city plan is egg-shaped and is 3 kilometres wide and 4 kilometres long. The city flourished during the Dvaravati period and was built around the 12th Buddhist century. It grew until the 16th-17th Buddhist centuries when it came under Khmer influence. In the area are ruins made of laterite and sandstone and many artefacts have been unearthed here. The most interesting one is the reclining sandstone Buddha image and an old religious relic that is now in Wat Thammachak Semaram.

 

Wat Thammachak Semaram: The place used to be a religious site in the Dvaravati period. The important artefact here is a huge reclining Buddha image made of red sandstone that stretches from north to south. It is 13.30 metres long and 2.80 metres high. It dates from 657 AD. There is an old sandstone Buddhist symbol in the form of a cartwheel. Other artefacts include bronze Buddha images, fired clay images, glass beads, a fired clay loom, and a stone inscription tablet. They are on display in Phimai National Museum.

 

Ancient Town in Tambon Khorat or Ancient Khorat is considered as the beginning point of the ancient Khmer civilization in Nakhon Ratchasima. There are overall three remaining ancient sites;  Prasat Non Ku, Prasat Muang Khaek, and Prasat Mueang Kao.

 

Prasat Non Ku  In 1991 – 1992, a lot of archaeological evidence was excavated, creating an assumption that this place might possibly be a Hindu shrine.

 

Prasat Muang Khaek  It comprises a main sanctuary, two structures of Bannalai (library), gallery, entrance archways, pond, boundary wall, and a small brick building.

Nakhon Ratchasima Page 5, Hospitals and street layout
Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Page 6a, Thao Suranari Monument,Korat City Centre,  Thailand