Ubon Ratchathani, also known as Ubon, is a province in Thailand‘s north-east Isan region on the border with Cambodia and Laos. It’s a pastoral region with small villages and rice paddies. The capital of the province is also called Ubon Ratchathani. It is home to various cultural attractions, including the National Museum, which exhibits regional archaeological finds and various handicrafts. There are various events and festivals which highlight the cultural wealth of Ubon. Have a look at 3 of the popular cultural attractions and events in Ubon Ratchathani.
Ubon Ratchathani National Museum
Built in 1918 as the city hall of Ubon, the building was established as Ubon Ratchathani National Museum in 1983. The place in itself is an integral part of history and houses some of the most significant objects from the pre-historical period of the hunter-gatherers. You will also find some of the most intricate historical specimens such as religious statuary, engravings and exquisite pottery which make the tour around the museum even more interesting.
Hae Thian or Candle Festival
The Thais, along with people from other Theravada Buddhist countries gather around in communities to offer candles and other provisions to monks during the retreat of the monsoon. This event is celebrated in Ubon as a two day Candle festival, known as Hae Thian, which includes parades and floats. Before the parade day, there are huge processions. Musicians and dancers dressed in dazzling attires entertain one and all. Other attractions such as carnival rides, market places crafts and games keep the crowds jubilant and in a celebratory mood.
Situated on the not-often-visited and pristine part of the city, Wat Burapha is perhaps the most peaceful and serene wat in the city; so much so, that it has been used as a meditation temple for about a century. In the early 20th century, a forest monk by the name of Ajahn Sao would visit the wat frequently and is said to have revived the Thai Forest tradition. It is one of the best places for some quiet meditation.