Mekong Basin Civilization Museum, Mae Fah Luang University

The Mekong Basin Civilization Museum was founded by Mae Fah Luang University in 2004 as a center for the study and research of art and culture in the Mekong River basin. It is a standard museum that has offered research inquiries, academic services, and public outreaches of art and culture.

The Mekong Basin Civilization Museum is divided into four exhibition areas: the Outdoor exhibition, the Cultural Innovation Hub, the Rotating exhibition, and the Indoor exhibition. The highlights of the museum include:

1. The royal crest of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on a ceramic plate
2. A replica of the arched entrance for good fortune, according to the belief of the Lanna people
3. The Sanctuary Hall, where visitors can pay homage to 12 replica Buddha relics from four countries in the upper Mekong River basin, take pictures with auspicious flags (Tung), revisit the past through photographs and cultural artifacts, and view constellations in the sky during the day
4. A flag (Tung) of earth, water, wind, and fire commemorating the event "100th days since the passing of Thawan Duchanee"
5. Rare cultural artifacts, such as a wooden dugout canoe from the Mekong River basin, a large woven rice basket, a Buddhist pulpit, a Burmese Nat, a hill tribe commemorative coin, an ivory shoe spoon, and many more

The Mekong Basin Civilization Museum is located at Building D2 in Mae Fah Luang University’s campus, Tha Sut Subdistrict, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai.
Artists: Boedi Widjaya, Ubatsat, Wit Pimkanchanapong

Photo credit: Dr. Pollavat Praphatthong