Admire the beauties of artistic antiques
Sankalok Museum is a private museum that collects and exhibits important pieces of celadon from various sources along with descriptions of their history and significance. Apart from the collection of celadon found in Sukhothai, there are more from other provinces such as, Wiang Kalong kiln in Chiang Rai, kilns in Lam Phun and Chiang Mai, as well as some from abroad like China, Vietnam, etc. Sangkalok Musuem is located on Liang Muang Road, Ban Lum sub district, Muang district. From the roundabout in Sukhothai center, drive along Sri Indrathit Road passing the district office until you reach a massive T-junction. Then turn left to enter Singhawat Road and keep going. Turn left at the intersection and you will find yourself on the bypass road. Now drive for another 200 meters to find the museum on your left. Alternatively, there is a bus service that will take you there.
Sankalok Musuem is a three-storey building whose ground floor displays varieties of celadon chinaware for religious purposes and interior decoration. There is a large amount of painted celadon pottery which reflects Thai ways of life, for instance, costumes, accessories, and currency exchange. There is also a display detailing the celadon process from manufacturing to exporting, including clay types, baking and coating stages. Floor plan leaflets and audio tours are provided on the ground floor. There are tour leaders available especially for group visits. The second floor exhibits masterpiece works from several kiln hubs. Most are Thai Lanna pottery, while others are foreign ones – such as Chinese or Vietnamese styles – found in Thailand. This presents the facts concerning international trade in former times.
Since the majority of the antiques stored here are celadon and pottery, the museum is considered the most complete museum dedicated to ceramics at the moment. To appreciate these celadon and other artifacts, imagination is equally important as the knowledge that the museum tries to pass on. These together definitely guarantee some enjoyable moments and learning experiences.