Paul is an American ex-pat who has lived in Udon Thani since 2014. He has visited many popular attractions in the Udon Thani area.
A Must-See Udon Thani Tourist Attraction
No trip to Udon Thani, Thailand, is complete without visiting the Thai-Chinese Cultural Center. Located near the center of Udon City's nightlife, the Cultural Center opened on January 6, 2013. It aims to preserve the art, culture, lifestyle, and philosophical principles of the ancestors of today's Thai-Chinese community.
The Cultural Center includes the Museum of Morality, the Garden of Thousand-Year-Old Morality, and a conference hall. The Wang Matcha Nong Bua Park and Lake is very near the Cultural Center.
In this article, I will begin with a brief history of Udon Thani and its settlement by the Chinese. Next, I will describe some of the displays found in the Museum of Morality. Following this, the colorful Garden of Thousand-Year-Old Morality will be highlighted. After noting the conference hall and park and lake near the Cultural Center, I will pinpoint the location of the Cultural Center in Udon Thani and how to reach it from Bangkok.
Brief History of Udon Thani
Once known as Ban Mak Kaeng, Udon Thani was originally settled as a military base in 1885 and established by Prince Prachak to suppress an uprising in the city of Lao Puan.
The first Chinese people came to Udon Thani from southern China in about 1900. With the construction of roads and a railroad, their number increased four-fold from 1919 to '37.
The Museum of Morality
The Museum of Morality in the Cultural Center has modern, interactive displays and 3-D movies about the history of the Udon Thani Chinese community. It also has interesting, educational interactive displays and movies about Chinese philosophers such as Confucius and Mencius as well as traditional Chinese festivals.
Garden of Thousand-Year-Old Morality
The Garden of Thousand-Year-Old Morality is the main showcase of the Cultural Center. Situated in the middle of the Cultural Center, the garden created in Chinese style features a small pond stocked with koi carp. Many young tourists enjoy feeding these colorful fish with baby bottles filled with fish food pellets sold at the Cultural Center.
Feeding Fish in the Thai-Chinese Cultural Center's Garden Pond
The Conference Hall and Other Cultural Center Activities
The Udon Thani Chinese orchestra performs in the conference hall of the Cultural Center on Wednesday and Friday at 5:00 p.m.
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During the time of the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, the Cultural Center will put on lion and dragon dances for viewers' enjoyment.
Wang Matcha Nong Bua Park and Lake
The Wang Matcha Nong Bua Park and Lake is located about 100 meters from the Cultural Center. Tourists may walk around the lake and there is playground equipment for children.
Thai-Chinese Cultural Center
Where Is Udon Thani?
Udon Thani is situated in the upper part of northeastern Thailand also known as Isaan. Located 560 kilometers or 340 miles northeast of Bangkok, Udon Thani is the gateway to Laos, Northern Vietnam, and Southern China.
How to Get to Udon Thani and the Thai–Chinese Cultural Center
Udon Thani can be reached from Bangkok by car, bus, train, or plane. Most tourists take advantage of inexpensive budget airline flights from Don Muang or Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Udon Thani International Airport. The flights only take 50 minutes compared to eight or nine hours by car. It will take 12 hours by train.
The Thai-Chinese Cultural Center is located very near Udon city's nightlife. Situated almost directly behind the railroad station and tracks, it is also about a stone's throw from UD Town a major restaurant and entertainment venue in Udon.
The Cultural Center's address is 888 39 Salijaoneramit Rd. in Tambon Maak Kaeng. If you are driving, take Highway 22 and turn left into Salijaoneramit Rd. after you cross the railroad tracks heading south.
The GPS coordinates for the Cultural Center area: latitude - 17.39870 and longitude - 102.80682.
- Udon News
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Paul Richard Kuehn