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Brian Davis
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Udon Museum

Post by Brian Davis » September 16, 2018, 5:01 pm

The post on the Nong Khai aquarium reminded me to mention this place as a possible visit. I hope I'm not duplicating here.
The museum is on the south side of Nong Prajak, fairly recently refurbished, is now two noticeable buildings. I'm pleased to say that the rather lovely IMO old building (I'm no historian/architect, but French colonial style???, used to be a school I was told) has been retained, repainted and externally at least seems much the same. The biggest surprise was that the second, modern building is apparently only an administrative + support building. So the old building is where you view things. No entrance fee, but donations welcome.
I'll be interested what others think. The old museum was stuffed full with paintings, artifacts, had in my view, character and history. We all have different views and I suppose some may think it was old and stuffy. Now, the museum has 'gone modern'. All these previous exhibits have gone (interesting to know where, because to my mind, they truly represented Udon's history). It's now push buttons, sliding doors, some touchy/feel things, but I was bored as can be. There is a nice Udon model as you enter and some of the rooms feature dinosaurs, landscape and of course the ancient local civilisation. Perhaps it appeals more to the younger generation, but I'd rather have it as it was before.
Pop in when you have 30 mins/an hour to spare and see what you think.

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Re: Udon Museum

Post by Barney » September 16, 2018, 5:11 pm

Good find Brian.
Is there a translation into English by any chance, so the exhibits can be appreciated.

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Re: Udon Museum

Post by Brian Davis » September 16, 2018, 6:03 pm

Barney, if you go, you'll see what I mean, but there's not much in the way of individual exhibits.
The old museum, yes. There seemed so much packed into the place before; now, a relatively small number of rooms with a particular feature If I recall correctly, before there there cards with English translations, but it was very different to what is there now. In fact, I had met the guy who did the translations - a very pleasant man who worked as a lecturer at the Udon University. As i say, the old place may not have been to everyone's taste, but I was disappointed with the present place.

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Re: Udon Museum

Post by Faraday » September 16, 2018, 6:53 pm

Didn't know it was open, despite my morning walk around Nong Prajak.

Must go in sometime.

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