Swat Museum
Swat Museum
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ayyazsaleem
Mississauga, Canada21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
My kids always insist to visit historical places whenever we go anywhere. This January we went to Swat and the culture, history and myths surrounding the region enticed all of us. We decided to visit Swat Museum.
The Museum is administered by a government department and when we visited it, it was empty. There was no tourist found. However we went inside and got the entry tickets.
The artefacts were interesting but the description written there was not sufficient and sometimes faulty. We resorted to Google to find out the true background of the things.
The collection of the artefacts really reflected how rich the culture was and sadly how we are ignoring its true value. The Buddha, household articles and sculptures showed their true richness.
We were amazed when an employee of the Museum came to us and asked us to leave as it was their “lunch-time” and break. We were astonished as it was not written on any board so we could manage our time. But this conduct made it clear that why people didn’t visit this invaluable treasure of local culture. Only because of the attitude of the staff.
It’s advised that whenever anyone visit it, one must reach early and ask the staff about the break-time etc
Written 25 January 2020
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Jupiter81
Rome, Italy492 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
This Museum (quite new) was built with the support of the Italian Archaeological Mission and their Embassy in Pakistan. The artworks are mainly Gandhara and the majority of the pieces came as a result of their excavations. The presentation and pieces is excellent covering all the sites that were surveyed. Not to miss.
Written 6 December 2023
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Fatima
Faisalabad, Pakistan16 contributions
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May 2019 • Friends
It has very historical artefacts, some of them are thousands of years old. There were some Buddha Statue and some of the artefacts of their religion; one thing that is most noticeable is the footprint which is 3 times bigger than the size of an average human, it is said that the Buddhist had firm belief that these are the footprints of Buddha and model of temple made of rock. There is also some clothes and accessories of Swat customs. The traditional pure wood furniture is also displayed there.
Written 7 May 2019
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Amir S
New York City, NY37 contributions
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Oct 2017 • Couples
I didn't know that an Italian Archaeological Mission was established about sixty years ago in Swat at the request of the Wali of Swat. This archaeological mission has been continuously excavating the Buddhist sites in Swat valley al this time. This museum was primarily built to house the artifacts they excavated.

Please google Italian archaeologist Dr Luca Maria Olivieri. He was awarded the prestigious Sitar-e-Imtiaz prize by the President of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussein, as an acknowledgement of his work in the Swat Valley. A great collection.

The museum has calming energy. Never crowded. The staff is very knowledgeable. One of them has been there for more than 40 years. They jokingly call him the 3rd Buddha :)
Written 20 January 2018
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Drkhurrum
Peshawar, Pakistan155 contributions
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Dec 2014 • Family
A very Beautiful Museum in Swat that Serves to remind us that Swat , Mingora and Saidu used to be Seat of Gandhara and Buddhist Civilisation as well as Alexander's conquests. it is situated in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in between Saidu and Mingora and near the Museum a Lot of Hotels for Staying can be Found and it is Accessible from peshawar via Mardan and Dir as well on Road from Peshawar
Written 6 December 2014
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Imran S
Imran S
Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan270 contributions
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Aug 2014 • Friends
It is located in Saidu Sharif of Swat and very good collection from the Gandharan period is on display here .
Written 15 March 2015
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Rizwan Khan
Muscat, Oman632 contributions
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Aug 2019 • Solo
It is believed that Chak-Darra is the birth-place of the great Buddhist Scholar Padma-Sambhava. Chak-Darra is the village which is now in Lower Dir, Swat valley. It was once a part of the Uddiyana State of Svastu. Padma-Sambhava also known as Guru Rinpoche in Tibet. He was the same person who introduced the “Vajrayana” a noteworthy branch of Buddhism, in the Tibet, China.
Fa-Hein came to Swat Valley in 5th century A.D. He wrote about more or less 6000 Monasteries which are all in the valley. Sung-Yun visited the valley in the 6th century A.D. He pointed out about 6000 images, found in the sacred Monastery of Ta-loo, Butkara only. A Chinese pilgrim, Hiuen-Tsang, who came in the valley in the 7th century A.D, wrote about 1400 Monasteries in the Swat valley, yet a clear indication of the remains of the Buddhist monuments. We could find ruins of almost 400 Buddhist Stupas and Monasteries in Swat, even today.
Written 23 August 2019
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PakistanTripPlanners
Lahore, Pakistan225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Swat museum is famous for the old heritage of the Gandhara civilization. It is located between Mingora and Saidu Sharif. The museum showcases the main antiques and Buddhist artifacts which are the proof of the glorious civilization. The ancients jewelry, wooden articles are preserved with care for preserving the old culture findings. I shall highly recommend to visit this Museum to all tourists who go to visit beautiful Swat valley which is a mini Switzerland of Pakistan.
Written 24 April 2019
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Imran Schah
Islamabad, Pakistan5,190 contributions
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Dec 2017 • Friends
It is located in Saidu Sharif of Swat valley.
It has good one of the finest pieces of Gandhara period, Hindushahi dynasy, the art and civilization, that flourished in the olden days.
Written 19 March 2018
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Arshad A
57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Family
I was really impress by this museum, Lot of stuff to understand old buddhist civilisation in this area. Never thought this area was buddhist center. Still lot of ruins here in very carefully preserved by Pakistani government.
Written 6 November 2015
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