Cultural treasures from Ratchaburi Province

This travel piece in the Bangkok Post features the cultural treasures from Ratchaburi Province, including Buddhist shrines and ruins from the Dvaravati period and Khmer-style architecture.

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Treasures of Ratchaburi
Bangkok Post, 07 April 2011

Hugging the Mae Klong River banks, 105km southwest of Bangkok, Ratchaburi province is a cultural must-see and has much more than the well-known Damnoen Saduak floating market and water jars with dragon images to offer visitors.

It is archaeologically and historically significance for being home to pre-historic civilisation dating to about 12,000 years ago and being part of the ancient Dvaravati empire during the 7th-11th centuries.

In 1932, Swiss archaeologist Fritz Sarasin found pre-historic stone-made cutting tools called Siamian as well as animal bones and sea shells on a rock near Rishi Cave, Khao Ngu, in Muang Ratchaburi, according to the Fine Arts Department’s book, Ratchaburi National Museum and Ratchaburi Province.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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