On Tuesday 28 May 2019 Dr Young JooLee, Director of CCOP TS and Dr Dhiti Tulyatid, Regional Expert, represented CCOP TS and attended the ceremony on the Tenth Year Celebration on the Establishment of the Sirindhorn Museum in Sahat Sakhan District, Kalasin Province, as invited by the Royal Thai Department of Mineral Resources. Dr Adichat Surinkum, former Director of CCOP TS also attended the ceremony.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakkri Sirindhorn graciously presided the ceremony. HRH handed over the certificates of excellence to outstanding researchers who contributed to the paleontological studies of Thailand. HRH also visited the special exhibitions as well as attended the special presentation given by Professor Dr Eric Bufteau on what have been done and what remain for future work on the paleontological study in Thailand.
The Sirindhorn Museum was officially open on 9 December 2008, HRH Princess Maha Chakkri Sirindhorn at that time presided the opening ceremony of the Museum. The site was originally founded by the abbot of Sakkawan Temple who found plenty amount of dinosaur fossils at Phu Kum Khao in Sahat Sakhan District in 1994. DMR has started the investigation and found over 700 pieces of dinosaurs in this site, including the almost complete body of the large dinosaur Phuwiangosaurous Sirindhorne. DMR built a building to cover this fossil site and setted up a palaeontological research center in 2000. DMR finished the main building of the museum in 2001. The museum was ready and opened to the public in 2007. The museum was named after HRH Princess Maha Chakkri Sirindhoen with HRH’s kind permission.