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Lamphun Hariphunchai National Museum

  • Hariphunchai National Museum is in Lamphun Town near Wat Hariphunchai. Intayongyod Road Muang District Lamphun Province. (66 53 511 186) and is open Wednesday to Sunday excepting New Year Festival and Songran Festival from 9 am until 4 pm daily.
  • As Lamphun is the ancient capital of the Mon Haripunchai Kingdom and then a significant Lan Na  town of the Tai Yuan Lan Na Kingdom this is reflected in the subject matter of the exhibits.
The Hariphunchai Museum Exhibits
  • The exihibits are divided between those from the Haripunchai period and those of the subsequent Lan Na Kingdom. The ancient relics and artifacts displayed have been found locally. First there is on the ground floor the Stone Inscription Hall in which are displayed 26 stone inscriptions, 8 from the Mon period in Mon script and 18 in Tai Lan Na (Khon Yuan) script. On the first floor is the main exhibition Hall exhibiting artifacts which the Museum has classified into two groups, (1) Haripunchai Art and (2) Lan Na art.
The Haripunchai Art Exhibits
  • These the museum classifies as those before 17 C B E and those between B E 1600 and B E. The first and earlier period group exhibit styles of art including Indian Pala style and the Northeastern Dvaravati sytles 1836. The later period evidence style characteristics such as thicker eye brows, upward ends of the eyes and looking down expressions. The pottery on display were containers for storing the ashes of the deceased or urns for holding water.