Ban Wat Samrong Folk Museum
The Ban Wat Samrong Folk museum is located at Sam Rong temple, Wat Sam Rong sub-district founded by Phra Kru Siri Punyaphiwat, the abbot of Sam Rong temple in 1999. At first, the abbot and the villagers had donated equipment, appliances, folk instruments and fishing tools which were relics from the ancient time to reflect the Thai local wisdom in the past. Nowadays, the museum is on the ground floor of the multipurpose hall that divided the exhibition into the following categories: Part 1 Antique kitchen exhibits cooking equipment for pottery kilns, a wide variety of clay pots such as sauce pots, pans, boiling pots, pottery kettles and kitchen utensils such as baskets for washing fish, ancient coconut graters, coconut shell ladles and big earthen jars. Part 2 Folk handicraft shows wickerwork from local wisdom that transforms bamboos and rattan into instruments or appliances such as rattan carrying racks, bamboo baskets, wicker baskets, threshing baskets and hods. Part 3 Rice measuring instruments displays apparatuses for weighing, measuring, and scaling. The ancient paddy measurement that the ancestors used to apply in the past includes baskets with a wide mouth, wicker baskets, measuring baskets, metal and wooden rice measuring buckets, rice grinding baskets and rice grinding wood. Part 4 Farming tools the ancient farming used the animal labor. Cows and buffaloes are the main labor. The farming tools exhibited include tools for ploughing, yokes, harrows, rice carrying poles, javelins and sickles. Part 5 Fishing tools reflect the Thai traditional sufficient way of life. It includes animal traps such as mouse traps, spring traps, and other traps like creels, fishhooks, seines, harpoons, and coops. Part 6 Miscellaneous appliances include the three-storey display cabinet. Cabinet 1 exhibits brass betel boxes, kerosene lamps and bolts. The ground floor displays carpenter tools, smooth planes, rabbet planes, span web saws and hand saws. The other side shows brass instruments such as brass trays and brass pots. Cabinet 2 exhibits scales, abacus, and other miscellaneous items. Various kinds of jars and enameled vessels are on display around the room. Moreover, there is an exhibition hall about farmers showing farming tools, ploughing tools, harvesting tools such as rice husking machines, rice pounding mortars, and tools for scooping water out like water wheels and engine water wheels. It is also a place for presenting various kinds of boats such as launches, taxi-boats and E-Pae boats. This museum is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm. For more information, please call 03423 9489, 0 1705 8366 (Khun Ket Phumpracham) or visit the website www.watsamrong.com.