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ยินดีต้อนรับสู่นิทรรศการเงินตราล้านช้าง

จัดแสดงวิวัฒนาการเงินตราไทย จากเส้นทางการค้าในอาณาจักล้านช้าง

ยินดีต้อนรับสู่นิทรรศการเงินตราล้านช้าง

จัดแสดงวิวัฒนาการเงินตราไทย จากเส้นทางการค้าในอาณาจักล้านช้าง

About us

The Treasury Museum Khon Kaen is situated on Sri Chan Street in the major economic zone of the city. The museum provides a main source of information on Thai currencies that had paralleled economic and social development of the Northeastern Region and Khon Kaen itself from the past to the present.
The building housing the museum was previously The Bank of Thailand, Northeastern Region branch. It operated in that capacity from 8 September 1968 to 2017 on the termination of the Royal land lease. The Treasury Department renovated the building to turn it into The Treasury Museum Khon Kaen to provide a learning resource on Thai coins and currencies, particularly on local currencies of the Isan past. The exhibition shows the economic and social development as reflected in native currencies of Khon Kaen and the Northeastern Region from the past to the present.

Emblem of Museum
The emblem of the museum is inspired by the mark regularly seen on Hoi money, the native currency of Isan. There are a number of interpretations as to the meaning of the symbol. The most important one claims it represents Naga, the sacred serpent that symbolizes fertility and water, which had been the enduring folk belief of the Isan people since the long past.

Opening hours

Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday  08.30-16.30 hrs
Saturday – Sunday  10.00-18.00 hrs
(Closed on Monday, New Year and Songkran holidays)
Admission fees: General public 50 Baht
Children/pupils aged 10-18 years 20 Baht
Free admission for senior citizens and children under 10 years of age

About us

The Treasury Museum Khon Kaen is situated on Sri Chan Street in the major economic zone of the city. The museum provides a main source of information on Thai currencies that had paralleled economic and social development of the Northeastern Region and Khon Kaen itself from the past to the present.
The building housing the museum was previously The Bank of Thailand, Northeastern Region branch. It operated in that capacity from 8 September 1968 to 2017 on the termination of the Royal land lease. The Treasury Department renovated the building to turn it into The Treasury Museum Khon Kaen to provide a learning resource on Thai coins and currencies, particularly on local currencies of the Isan past. The exhibition shows the economic and social development as reflected in native currencies of Khon Kaen and the Northeastern Region from the past to the present.

Emblem of Museum
The emblem of the museum is inspired by the mark regularly seen on Hoi money, the native currency of Isan. There are a number of interpretations as to the meaning of the symbol. The most important one claims it represents Naga, the sacred serpent that symbolizes fertility and water, which had been the enduring folk belief of the Isan people since the long past.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday  08.30-16.30 hrs
Saturday – Sunday  10.00-18.00 hrs
(Closed on Monday, New Year and Songkran holidays)
Admission fees: General public 50 Baht
Children/pupils aged 10-18 years 20 Baht
Free admission for senior citizens and children under 10 years of age

Services:

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A Herder

“We have sailed seven seas herding cattle. We buy cattle from villages and gather them up before heading to a cattle market in a foreign land for better prices. On the way, we take what is available in one place as barter in another to feed ourselves. We barter salt for rice, then rice for fermented fish and so on. To become a cattle herder, we have to learn how to use incantations to protect ourselves from freebooters and know about medicinal plants and herbs to heal our people.”

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A Trader from Ayutthaya – Currency with Standardized Weight

“Our Pod Duang or bullet money has standardized weight of silver. Look at these symbols. You can see the state emblem, the king’s royal seal and the mark of the money’s value and weight. It is convenient for use to buy things. No need to check the silver weight to match prices of goods. The quality of silver in our currency is better than those of others.”

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A Cloth-selling Trader from Ayutthaya

“These Fine fabrics with beautiful patterns are imported from India. High-ranking noblemen in Ayutthaya also use this kind of textile. Sometimes, we draw our own patterns and send them to India for customized production.”

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A trader from Lanna

“Lanna and Lan Xang are two kingdoms with brotherly ties. King Setthathirath (Chaiyachetthathirat) of Lan Xang used to rule Chiang Mai before coming back to ascend the throne following his father. As a result, Lanna and Lan Xang have many things in common such as language alphabets, arts and way of life.”

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A Chinese Trader Carrying Chinaware

“Ming dynasty chinaware is a kind of porcelain. Chinese artisans have skills in multi-color ceramic glazing, but their preferred main colors are blue and white. Let’s have a look at this. It is lightweight with clear sounding, thin ceramic texture and beautiful delicate motifs. I can guarantee no artisans in other places can make it like this.”

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A Chinese Trader Standing by a Mule

“These premium tea leaves come from highland plantations in Yunnan. They are loaded on mules able to walk along mountains and reach the destination for you to buy them here. Once they are sold out, we have to go back hurriedly before the raining season starts again.”

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A Female Trader

“Every year, traders from other places gather here for a period of time. They come from Yunnan, Lanna and Ayutthaya. It takes months for them to travel across mountains and rivers. They have to wait until the end of rainy season and start their journey. They stay here for trading for one month or one month and a half, and then return to their homeland. Our counterparts on the other side of the Mekong River regularly travel back and forth for trading here.”

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A Trader Carrying an Ivory

“We crossed the Mekong River from Luang Prabang capital. We have ivories as our main goods for traders from other places. Srisattanakanahut, the other name of Lan Xang kingdom means one million elephants. So the name itself can tell how many elephants we have! It is the only place where beautiful elephants can be found.”

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People in the Procession

“I am a descendant of the servants the king of Lan Xang gave to the temple since my father’s generation. Our family lives our life on the land which belongs to the temple. We grow rice and other crops to nurture monks. We take care of the temple as ordered by senior monks. Servants like us will keep on doing our duties from generation to generation forever.”

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The City Ruler

“Phra That Phanom is a very sacred stupa. King Photisarath of Lan Xang Kingdom travelled across the Mekong River from Luang Prabang capital to pay respect to the stupa. He supported its restoration and gave his servants as human resources for the temple to facilitate monks and take care of the stupa for good.”

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