วันเสาร์ที่ 20 กันยายน พ.ศ. 2551


Phraya Chaisunthon Monument (Chao Somphamit) (อนุสาวรีย์พระยาชัยสุนทร): The life-sized monument is made from bronze in a standing position with the right hand holding a teapot, and left hand holding a magic sword.
Wat Klang (วัดกลาง): Within the temple’s compound, there is an Ubosot building, which was an extension from the old building. Inside a pavilion or Sala near the Ubosot building is a black Buddha image, made from bronze. In any drought season, the local people would take the Buddha image in a procession to beg for rain.
Wat Si Bun Rueang (วัดศรีบุญเรือง) or Wat Nuea (วัดเหนือ) The temple stores a number of crafted boundary stones from Fa Daet Song Yang Ancient City. One of the most beautiful boundary stones, which are of the Dvaravati art, is the one that depicts flying angels over a Prasat or palace represented by double arches, with the king, queen and their sons at the bottom.
Kalasin Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์ของดีจังหวัดกาฬสินธุ์) The museum was established by Mr. Chairat Mapraneet, Governor of Kalasin province, with an aim to show the collections of good things in Kalasin.
Phutthasathan Phu Po (พุทธสถานภูปอ) The site is where two ancient reclining Buddha images of the Dvaravati period carved on the cliff can be seen. They are the sacred images highly revered by the people of Kalasin and nearby provinces.
Ban Phokhru Plueang Chairatsami (บ้านพ่อครูเปลื้อง ฉายรัศมี) Khru Plueang Chairatsami was declared a National Artist in 1986 in the field of folk music. He built a farmer’s hut to be used as a traditional music school. The hut also displays traditional musical instruments such as Phin (lute), Khaen (reed organ), So (bowed stringed instrument) and Pong Lang (northeastern style xylophone).
Mueang Fa Daet Song Yang (เมืองฟ้าแดดสงยาง) It is an ancient town surrounded by earthen mounds with the length of about 5 kilometres. Evidence for its civilization are religious ruins in and around the city such as a large number of sandstone boundary markers with bas-
Wat Pho Chai Semaram (วัดโพธิ์ชัยเสมาราม) or Wat Ban Kom (วัดบ้านก้อม) It is an old temple with a huge collection of old boundary stones of gigantic sizes. The boundary stones found in Fa Daet Song Yang are different from those discovered in other regions, as they were usually carved telling Jataka stories and the life of the Lord Buddha.
Lam Pao Dam (เขื่อนลำปาว) The dam was built to block Lam Pao - the Pao River - and Huai Yang – Yang Creek. The dam was constructed particularly for relieving flood problems and for agriculture.
Lam Pao Wildlife Conservation Development and Promotion Station (สถานีพัฒนาและส่งเสริมการอนุรักษ์สัตว์ป่าลำปาว) or Suan Sa-on (สวนสะออน) It is quite an abundant deciduous dipterocarp forest. Inside is an open zoo in which there are indigenous wild animals and also other fauna like gibbons, monkeys, various kinds of domestic and migratory birds, along with nature trails.
Phu Phra Forest Park (วนอุทยานภูพระ) It features an outstanding mountain located near the villages. The plain on the backside of the mountain houses an ancient stone Buddha image. Some of the sites in the forest park include:
Pha Sawoei (ผาเสวย) It is an expansive stone cliff, about 150-200 metres wide. It is a breathtaking sightseeing spot.
Tham Siam Sap (ถ้ำเสียมสับ) It is a cliff cave that looks like somebody had dug the cave with a spade or ‘Siam’.
Tham Phra Rot (ถ้ำพระรอด) It is a cave that occurred due to the separation of a stone cliff. Inside the cave, there is a walkway of about 2 metres wide and 30 metres long.
Pha Hin Yaek (ผาหินแยก) It is a separating cliff of 20 metres long and 6 metres deep. The leaning cliff is also a good sightseeing spot.
Tham Phra (ถ้ำพระ) It is a cave 30 metres in depth. There is a Buddha image that is highly revered by locals. Every year during the Songkran Festival, people would ascend to the cave to pour lustral water on the Buddha image to pay respect.
Sirindhorn Museum and Phu Kum Khao Dinosaur Excavation Site (พิพิธภัณฑ์สิรินธร และแหล่งขุดค้นไดโนเสาร์ภูกุ้มข้าว) More than 700 fossilized bones were found in this excavation site and they were assumed to belong to seven dinosaurs. As such, Phu Kum Khao is considered to be the largest and most perfect concentration of dinosaur fossils in Thailand.
Phutthasathan Phu Sing (พุทธสถานภูสิงห์) It is a large image in the subduing Mara posture that is 10.5 metres wide and is clearly visible from below. The surrounding area is shady and offers a lovely panoramic view.
Wat Phutthanimit (วัดพุทธนิมิต) (Phu Khao – ภูค่าว)) It houses a rock relief of an ancient reclining Buddha image leaning on his left side, which is about 2 metres long and 25 centimetres wide. Every year in April, there will be a bathing ceremony to celebrate the Buddha image.
Laem Non Wiset (แหลมโนนวิเศษ) It is the land that stretches into Lam Pao Dam’s reservoir. Laem Non Wiset is a good sunset watching spot.
Ban Phon Phrae Wa Silk Weaving Group (กลุ่มทอผ้าไหมแพรวาบ้านโพน) Phrae Wa silk is a unique style of the Phu Thai ethnic group of Ban Phon. It is divided into two patterns: Lai Lak (principal pattern) and Lai Thaep (stripe pattern). It can be considered that Phrae Wa silk is a rare handcrafted textile product in Thailand.
Pha Sawoei (ผาเสวย) Their Majesties the King and the Queen visited the cliff and had lunch here, so the place’s name was changed to ‘Pha Sawoei’ (Sawoei is a royal term for eating). As it is located in the deep valley with a high cliff, the locals also called it ‘Heo Ham Hot’.
Namtok Pha Nang Khoi (น้ำตกผานางคอย) It is a huge waterfall, beautifully cascading down from the Phu Phan mountain range. It is surrounded with abundant thick forest. There is water all year round, even in the dry season.
Namtok Tat Thong (น้ำตกตาดทอง) It is a huge and beautiful waterfall with complex stone cliffs.
Phu Thai Nong Hang Handicraft Centre (ศูนย์หัตถกรรมผู้ไทยหนองห้าง) Some of the beautiful basketry products include ‘Krato’ – a vegetable container, ‘Kratip’ – a sticky rice container, handbags and other containers.
Phu Thai Khok Kong Cultural Village (หมู่บ้านวัฒนธรรมผู้ไทยโคกโก่ง) is a small village situated at the hillside and inhabited by a large number of Phu Thai ethnic group.
Phu Faek Forest Park (วนอุทยานภูแฝก) (Dinosaur Footprints – แหล่งรอยเท้าไดโนเสาร์) is located in Tambon Phu Laen Chang, with alternate mountainous and hilly topography covered with a deciduous dipterocarp forest featuring various kinds of flora and it is easy to spot some wild animals such as squirrels, tree shrews, civets and hares. At present, there are 4 Dinosaur footprints that can be seen clearly.

Most of the province

Most of the province is covered by hilly landscape. In the north is the Lam Pao dam built 1963-68, storing 1,430 million of water for flood prevention and agriculture. The Lam Pao reservoir effectively cuts the northern part of the province in half but there are car ferries connecting the district of Sahatsakhan in the east with the district Nong Kung Si in the west, saving up to one hour off the journey by road. On the northwestern creek of the reservoir a road bridge now connects the village of Ban Dong Bang in the west with the district town of Wang Sam Mo in the east. Although the bridge was constructed several years ago (pre 2000) it is not featured (2006) on any commercially available road maps. Making the border with Sakhon Nakhon Province is the Phu Phan mountain range, which is preserved as a national park.
Kalasin is famous for the dinosaur fossils found at Phu Kum Khao (Sahatsakhan district), the largest dinosaur site of Thailand. Most of the fossils are from Sauropods of 120 million years ago

วันจันทร์ที่ 18 สิงหาคม พ.ศ. 2551

Pong lang

The pong lang (in Thai โปงลาง) is a log xylophone from the Isan region of northeast Thailand.
The pong lang has 12 wooden bars that, with a strong rope, are tied together in a row at each end. The instrument can be played solo or in an ensemble. The pong lang is used for all kinds of occasions, especially for festivals and ceremonies.
The instrument is generally played by two players, who each use two hardwood sticks. Its shape is like a xylophone consisting of 15 wooden bars strung together with a strong rope at each end. The lower pitch end is attached to a post or part of a tree and other is hooked to the player's toe or another material. The two performers sit on either side, one playing the melody, the other playing drone accompaniment. The pong lang has no standard size.

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วันเสาร์ที่ 2 สิงหาคม พ.ศ. 2551

Welcome to Kalasin

Kalasin is 519 kilometers from Bangkok and administratively divided into 14 Amphoes and 4 King Amphoes (Subdistricts), they are Amphoe Muang Kalasin, Amphoe Yang Talat, Amphoe Kamalasai, Amphoe Tha Khantho, Amphoe Khao Wong. Amphoe Huai Meg, Amphoe Sahassakhan, Amphoe Somdet, Amphoe Kuchinarai, Amphoe Kham Muong, Amphoe Nong Kungsi, Amphoe Namon, Amphoe Huai Phung, Amphoe Rong Kham King Amphoe No Koo, King Amphoe Sam Chai, King Amphoe Don Chan and King Amphoe Kong Chai, occupying an are of 7,055.07 square kilometers. The characteristics of the area are mountainous along the Phuphan Range in the upper part while the middle part is hilly area with the alteration of deciduous forest.
Borders » North : Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon and Nakhon Phanom Province. » South : Roi-Et and Maha Sarakham Province. » East : Roi-Et and Mukdahan Province. » West : Maha Sarakham, Khon Kaen and Udon Thani Province.
: Distance from :
Kalasin city of nearby Provinces
- Khonkaen
76 kms.
- Roi-Et
45 kms.
- Maha Sarakham
45 kms.
- Sakhon Nakhon
128 kms.
- Nakhon Phanom
220 kms.
- Udon Thani
193 kms.
Kalasin city to its districts
- Huai Mag
48 kms.
- Sahassakhan
22 kms.
- Huai Phung
59 kms.
- Somdet
42 kms.
- Kamalasai
13 kms.
- Tha Khantho
109 kms.
- Kham Muong
85 kms.
- Yang Talat
16 kms.
- Khao Wong
98 kms.
- Nakoo Subdistrict
88 kms.
- Kuchinarai
80 kms.
- Sam Chai Subdistrict
85 kms.
- Namon
42 kms.
- Don Chan Subdistrict
32 kms.
- Nong Kungsri
62 kms.
- Kong Chai Subdistrict
26 kms.
- Rong Kham
38 kms.

Kalasin is a rich and fertile province of northeast Thailand. From archeological evidence, it used to be the residence of Lawa tribal people having prosperous civilization which can be dated back to 1,600 years. But from historical evidence, it was founded as a town in the beginning of Bangkok era around the year 1793 by Thao Somphamit who migrated with his people from the territory on the left bank of the Maekong River and settled down at Ban Keang Samrong near the bank of Nam Pao River. After setting down he arranged to deliver offerings to be offered to King Rama I, Phra Phuttha Yodfa Chulalok Maharat asking him to accept his town to be a subject of Bangkok. Later, by the royal command of King Rama l, Phra Phuttha Yodfa Chulalok Maharat, Ban Kaeng Samrong was upgraded to be a town having the name as Muang Kalasin due to its location being near the Nam Dam River which laterally means black water and at the same time Thao Somphamit was appointed Phraya Chaiyasunthon as the first ruler of Muang Kalasin.

How to get there
lt is 519 kilometers from Bangkok to Kalasin where one can travel through Bangkok - Saraburi - Nakhon Ratchasima (Highway No.2)-Maha Sarakham-Kalasin (Highway No. 209).
By BusThe Transport Company Limited (Bo Kho So) daily operates bus services having ordinary bus leaving the terminal every 40 minutes from08.30 hours to 00.15 hours charging the fare of 221baht with 8 - 9 hours traveling-duration. Air - conditioned bus leaves the terminal at 23.30 hours, the fare is 340 Baht with an approximate duration of 7 hours. Detailed information can be aired by Tel. (02) 9370261-5 (ordinary bus) and Ext.170 (conditioned bus).
By RailOne has to travel from Bangkok to Khon Kaen Railway Station, then, continue the journey by bus for another 76 kilometers to Kalasin. The Royal State Railway of Thailand provides rail services by daily operating rapid train leaving Bangkok at 06.05 hours and 19.00 hours while express train leaves at 20.30 hours and the air - conditioned rail car leaves at 08.20 hours and at 20.40 hours. Further detailed information can be obtained from Travel Service Section of the Royal State Railway of Thailand, Tel. 223-7010. and 223-7020.
By AirOne can use Bangkok : Khon Kaen Flight, daily operated by the Thai Airways International, totaling four flights a day at 06.55, 11.30, 15.0hours and at 17.50 hours with the fare of baht 1,060. And the last leg of the journey has to be made by bus from Khon Kaen Province to Kalasin Province. Detailed information can be obtained from Tel.280-0070 and 280-0080.

Festivals & event
Dok Khoon Siang Khaen Flower FestivalApril Bueng Kaen Nakhon, Khon KaenThis festival coincides with Songkran (the traditional Thai New Year) and is staged at Bung Kaen Nakhon. Featuring colorful floral processions, major festival activities include religious rites and merit-making and I-San folk music. Dancing and entertainment.
Silk FestivalNovember -December Khon Kaen City Hall, Khon KaenStaged annually in front of Government Houses, this promotes silk weaving and silk worm culture. Pook Sieo, an I-San tradition promoting close friendship between people of similar ages, is also celebrated during this occasion.

Introduction of Kalasin Province

Kalasin, the land of Pong Lang music and the famous Phrae Wa cloth, is 519 kilometres from Bangkok. It is the site of the ancient city of Fa Daet Song Yang and one of the largest concentrations of dinosaur fossils in northeastern Thailand.
Kalasin has an area of 6,946 square kilometres. It is divided into 18 districts (Amphoe): Mueang Kalasin, Yang Talat, Kamalasai, Sahatsakhan, Kuchi Narai, Tha Khantho, Somdet, Khao Wong, Huai Mek, Kham Muang, Nong Kung Si, Na Mon, Huai Phung, Rong Kham, Na Khu, Sam Chai, Don Chan and Khong Chai.

วันจันทร์ที่ 24 มีนาคม พ.ศ. 2551

Kalasin, the land of Pong Lang music and the famous Phrae Wa cloth, is 519 kilometres from Bangkok. It is the site of the ancient city of Fa Daet Song

Kalasin, the land of Pong Lang music and the famous Phrae Wa cloth, is 519 kilometres from Bangkok. It is the site of the ancient city of Fa Daet Song Yang and one of the largest concentrations of dinosaur fossils in northeastern Thailand.Kalasin has an area of 6,946 square kilometres. It is divided into 18 districts (Amphoe): Mueang Kalasin, Yang Talat, Kamalasai, Sahatsakhan, Kuchi Narai, Tha Khantho, Somdet, Khao Wong, Huai Mek, Kham Muang, Nong Kung Si, Na Mon, Huai Phung, Rong Kham, Na Khu, Sam Chai, Don Chan and Khong Chai.