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Baan Dam Museum

414 Moo 13, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
+66 83 336 5333
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Thawan Duchanee (September 27, 1939 - September 3, 2014) was a Thai contemporary painter, architect and sculptor with an international reputation. In 2001, this notable artist was given the price by the Office of the National Culture Commission of Thailand as the National Thai Artist in Fine art and Visual art. Thawan is not only famous for his paintings but also architecture. His architectural masterpiece is Black House. It was the residence for Thawan for the rest of his life. In Thai, 'baan' means home or house and 'dam' means black. The Black House isn't just one structure, but a collection of around 40 buildings of varying shapes and sizes dotted around a peaceful garden. Created by Thailand national artist Thawan Duchanee, the grounds include nearly 40 small black houses made of wood, glass, concrete, bricks, or terracotta in various unique styles and design scattered around the temple area. The cluster of houses accommodates Thawan's collections of paintings, sculptures, animal bones, skins, horns, and silver and gold items from around the world. Several of the houses exhibit Balinese and Burmese architecture and art dating back to the Ayutthaya Period. The artist uses bones as a source of inspiration to paint. It is definitely not a place for animal lovers. There are also various kinds of baskets and drums from many regions and countries on display at Baandam. Not all exhibits are open to public.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
414 Moo 13, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
+66 83 336 5333
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had fun walking around the place and took lots of pictures. There are shops selling different kinds of souvenirs and dried fruits. Portrait paintings are available too. If you're in a join group tour, the time is limited so you don't have enough time...More

Thank Stuart D
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My partner asked my to cycle here but I wanted to stay and enjoy the gardens of the hotel. In the end I cycled here and was so happy I did it is a very unusual place with a long history and so much to...More

Thank markkky
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

In the 2nd day in Chiang Rai Black House Museum is our next travel plan to visits. This house are a bit scary for me. Its look like a haunted house and and full of scary staffs designed by the Thai talented artist. So many...More

Thank marky g
Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited this year with the owner of our Inn on a private tour. There is a well worth admission of 80 Baht pp. This late artists remains have been cremated and are in the 1st main building you come into. Many of his life's...More

Thank DeaconCanada
Reviewed 1 week ago

This attraction is popular and the parking close by was full. There were no disabled parking spots . I dropped my wife off at the entrance and found paid parking within a comfortable walk. Disabled guests enjoy free entry (carers pay). The gardens are large,...More

Thank Glenn L
Reviewed 1 week ago

interesting place full of art by Tawan Duchanee. Grounds are beautiful and his art is placed in lots of houses and domes full of skins, bones and wood, made in into furniture. Representing "death is a part of life". Everything is very, raw and unique....More

Thank Denise D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited gallery. Grounds are vet beautiful with lots to see. Make sure you hire driver we did not just ubered and had to walk to main road to get taxi. Worth the wait and the walking.

Thank crystallee76
Reviewed 1 week ago

I wouldn't go out of my way to visit here, but if you have extra time it's a decent take. The wooden buildings are attractive and offer some good photo ops. Most you can not enter and can only look through Windows or door or...More

1  Thank livinonanisland
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing bit of culture. Mummified crocodiles, artwork, ancient wood villages. Just look at my photos to see some of the sights I saw

Thank StevenG1966
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting place. Do not go after a spell of prolonged rain as you will not be allowed in to many areas and buildings as the doors will be closed and locked. I was able to get into one of the main halls which was...More

Thank blue00doc
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6 October 2017|
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Response from Madan Gopal M | Reviewed this property |
there is no dresscode, it is not a temple but museum
6 November 2015|
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Response from peberpigen | Reviewed this property |
about 13 km from chiang rai, opposite direction of the white temple. (yin and yang between the artist with chiang rai in the center )
9 March 2015|
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Response from Darlene47 | Reviewed this property |
Open 0900 hours until 1200 hours then they close for lunch. Reopen at 1300 hours and close for the day at 1700 hours. Washrooms, eatery/snacks and gift shop on premises, no admission fee.