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Learning More about Narathiwat at Narathiwat Museum

March 15, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

1471111343pVisitors to Narathiwat will be able to learn more about the province and its local wisdom at the Narathiwat Museum, which is expected to be officially opened in late 2014.
The Narathiwat Provincial Culture Office is preparing to open this museum as a study center, in the hope that the use of cultural dimensions will help ease problems in the deep South.

The Narathiwat Museum Construction Project began in 2009, when a budget was allocated to renovate and develop the old Narathiwat Town Hall as the museum. Visitors to this museum will see images of the way of local living in the past and at present. The museum comprises 10 rooms and there will be a group of public relations officials to give briefings on the story of Narathiwat. Souvenirs will also be sold at a counter.

The content at the museum will be displayed in three languages – Thai, English, and Jawi, which is the local Malay dialect. These language services are also intended to welcome foreign visitors, in preparation for the implementation of the ASEAN Community in late 2015.

The Narathiwat Provincial Culture Office believes that the Narathiwat Museum will be the pride of local residents. A committee, comprising members of the public and civic sectors and academics, has been appointed to carry out this project. Among the representatives of the civic sector are local wise men and community leaders. A public forum was opened to listen to public opinion about the content of the museum.

The Narathiwat Provincial Culture Office also hopes that the museum will create better understanding about this land of cultural variety. In fact, the multi-cultural society is one of the many charms of the province. The acceptance of differences amidst diversity reflected at this museum should play a part in bringing local residents more closely together for peace and harmony.

One of Thailand’s southernmost provinces, sharing a border with Malaysia, Narathiwat covers an area of 4,475 square kilometers. There are four major rivers, namely Sai Buri, Bang Nara, Tak Bai, and Kolok. Originally, the province was a district named Bang Nara; the name was changed to Narathiwat in 1915 during the reign of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI).

In 2012, Narathiwat earned 3,717 million baht from border trade and 2,139 million baht from tourism. It welcomed almost 500,000 foreign visitors in 2011. Out of this number, 62 percent came from Malaysia and Singapore.

About 82 percent of local residents are Muslims, 17 percent are Buddhists, and one percent other religions. The province produces mainly natural rubber, rice, oil palm, and fruit, especially longkong, rambutan, durian, and mangosteen. Longkong is the most famous fruit from the province and a major cash crop.

This peaceful province boasts beautiful scenery with large mountainous areas and fertile forests. Its people have set a vision to develop it as one of the country’s most livable provinces, moving toward lasting peace and economic prosperity.

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