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Down the culture trail

Discover ancient and contemporary Thailand in the Central Plains

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Sometimes, good things are just under your nose. Quite a few people travel far to visit cultural sites without knowing much about their hometowns. For a few Thais, Stonehenge in Britain is better known as a pre-historic site than Ban Chiang in Udon Thani. Many have no idea that the Central Plains of Thailand is home to all ages of culture, from the pre-historic period to the Rattanakosin period. 

The prayer hall of Wat Ubosatharam.

"Pre-historic rock paintings can be found at Plara Mountain in Uthai Thani province. They portray dogs, monkeys and men wearing clothes decorated with bird feathers. Sites of the Iron and Bronze Ages can be found in Lop Buri, while those of the Dvaravati period _ 1,100-1,600 years ago until the Rattanakosin period _ are also found in the Central Region," said Sunisa Chitrbhandh, archaeologist and director of the administration office of the Fine Arts Department.

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