Study Trip

A Visit to Dvaravati-Style Buddha Images and Buddhist Sculptures in Khon Kaen and Kalasin Provinces

Saturday 29 February – Sunday 1 March 2020
Leader: Dr Chedha Tingsanchali, Associate Professor of Archaeology, Silpakorn University



Dvaravati was the first Mon kingdom established in what is now Thailand, flourishing from the 6th and the 11th century. Dvaravati art is the earliest surviving school of art in Thailand. Its sculptures and Buddha images are associated with Theravat Buddhism, with heavy influences from India especially from the late Gupta style, though the two styles differ significantly in iconographic details such as the hand position, and the facial structures which are clearly Mon. The architecture from that period, however, has no remaining example in a good condition; only foundations and fragments remain.

Under the leadership of Assoc Prof Chedha Tingsanchali of the Department of Art History, Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University, The Siam Society will arrange an expedition for members to see ancient sculptures and artefacts from Dvaravati period in Khon Kaen, Kalasin, and surrounding area. On Saturday 29 February 2020, members will depart Bangkok Don Mueang for Khon Kaen by AirAsia flight FD3250 at 7.20am and return to Bangkok on Sunday 1 March 2020 by AirAsia flight FD3259, departure from Khon Kaen at 8.15pm arriving Bangkok Don Mueang at 9.10pm. Members will spend the night at a hotel in Kalasin.


The tentative programme will be as follows:

Day 1: Saturday 29 February 2020

6.20am Check in at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport at an AirAsia counter.
7.20am Depart Bangkok for Khon Kaen province by AirAsia flight FD3250.
8.30pm Arrive at Khon Kaen Airport and proceed to a hotel in Khon Kaen for breakfast.
Morning Visit Khon Kaen National Museum to see a collection of C7th–11th Dvaravati terracotta heads and deities, architectural decorations, and a remarkable assembly of Dvaravati sandstone and laterite Bai Sema, most of them from Fa Daet Sung Yang Archaeological Site in Kalasin province. The finest of these Bai Sema, standing at the east end of the front hall, is one of the best Bai Sema found in the museum, which dates from the 9th century. Behind the front hall is a courtyard, its walls lined with several engraved sandstone Bai Sema, some of them in excellent condition, portraying scenes from the former lifes of the Buddha.
The museum also exhibits some magnificent sandstone lintels of Khmer arts; Khmer bronze ornaments; examples of Khmer pottery; numerous Buddha images in bronze, silver and gold, stone, crystal, and stucco; terracotta votive tablets; and other sculptures of all periods of arts in Thailand.
Noon: Lunch at a local restaurant in Khon Kaen
Afternoon: Proceed to visit Wat Phra That Kham Kaen.
- Continue to Kalasin province.
5pm Check in at Hotel in Kalasin.
Evening: Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at Rimpao Hotel in Kalasin

Day 2: Sunday 1 March 2020

- Breakfast at the hotel
8.30am Proceed to Kamalasai district.
- Visit the site of the fortified Mon Dvaravati city of Muang Fa Daet Sung Yang, which flourished from C9th to 11th. (Almost nothing remains of the city except the ruins of chedi and the ramparts.) Visit Wat Po Chai Semaram and collection of sandstone and laterite Bai Sema and stelae found in and around the former settlement, and visit Phra That Ya Khu.
1pm Lunch at a local restaurant in Kalasin
Afternoon: Proceed to visit a Dvaravati style reclining Buddha image at Phu Po.
- Return to Khon Kaen Airport.
7pm Check in at Khon Kaen Airport at an AirAsia counter.
8.15pm Depart Khon Kaen Airport for Bangkok Don Mueang Airport via flight FD3259.
9.10pm Arrive at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport.


The contribution of THB 14,000 (THB 15,000 for non-members) will cover transportation as mentioned in the programme, accommodation for 1 nights (two persons per room). Single room surcharge THB 600, meals as mentioned in the programme, gratuities, and other costs incurred to make this trip possible. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges. Please pay by cash or cheque payable to “The Siam Society”. Alternatively, you can transfer the money to The Siam Society travel account at TMB Bank, Asoke Branch, saving account no. 053-2-18000-7. Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us.

The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary. Seats are limited. Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Supanut.