Nakhon Si Thammarat National Museum occupies the area of the old Wat Suan Luang
Tawan Ok. The museum was opened in 1974 and has on display artifacts found in four
southern provinces, which are Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Surat Thani, and
Chumphon. Of interest is also the local handicrafts display room. The national library
building opened to the public in 1976. There is a good collection of rare books and
important books sent by the National Library in Bangkok for locals to study.
Wirathai Monument is made of blackened copper. The monument features a soldier ready
to fight with a bayonet. The locals call this monument Cha Dam or Chao Pho Dam. It
was erected to honour Thai soldiers in southern Thailand who died fighting an invading
Japanese force in World War II on December 8, 1941. The monument is on Ratchadamnoen
Road in Fort Vajiravudh which is the headquarters of the Fourth Region Army. The
fort compound itself has conference rooms, guesthouses, a golf course, a shooting
range, and a souvenir shop.
Arts and Culture Centre of Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat Institute is 13km from the
city on the Nakhon Si Thammarat-Phrom Khiri Road (Highway No. 4016). It is the centre
of information on archaeological sites discovered in the province. On display are
ancient local tools and utensils from the establishment of the community to the Sri
Vijaya Empire. The centre also preserves and revives local entertainment, as well
as researches and collects works on languages, literature and anthropology. The most
important artifacts here are the stone inscriptions found at Khao Chong Khoi and
artifacts from the ancient community at Wat Mok Lan. These vital evidences tell when
Nakhon Si Thammarat was built. The centre is open daily during official hours.
Somdet Phra Sri Nakharin 84 Park is a large park with an area of over 490.23 acres.
It is just behind the provincial stadium. Originally part of Ratcharudi Park in the
time of King Rama V, the park has an open zoo, a bird park, a health park, and a
lake which is home to waterfowls that migrate here during January to March every
Bang Pu is 17 km from the city and is at the Bang Pu intersection. This is where
quality pottery is made. Only bricks and flowerpots used to be made here but villagers
from Ban Mok Lan have now set up stores selling their handicrafts in this area. The
products on sale have been improved in variety and quality to attract customers.